A 25-year-old mother and her four young daughters have been killed after a house fire ravaged their family home. The incident occurred in Des Plaines, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Inside the home at the time, on the second floor of the house, was the 25-year-old mother along with her four young daughters aged six, five, three and one, while the father was at work. “There was nothing we could do. There was nothing the police could do. There was nothing the firefighters could do,” neighbor Pabel Marrero told media. The children were immediately transported to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital but were later pronounced dead. The mother was pronounced dead at the scene of the fire.
The four sisters who died have been identified as Grace Espinosa, 1, Allizon V. Espinosa, 3, Genesis A. Espinosa, 5, and Renata P. Espinosa, 6. The mother was named as Citahaly Zamiodo, 25. The fire broke out near the staircase on the second floor. The Des Plaines Fire Department is currently conducting an investigation into what exactly caused the fire. Fire officials suspect a space heater might have caused the fatal blaze. It is unclear if the property had functional smoke detectors.