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updated: 3/13/2014 8:48 AM

Social worker: Girl, 3, sparked fatal Chicago fire

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Associated Press

A family spokeswoman say a 3-year-old girl who died during a fire in a Chicago apartment building was playing with matches or a lighter.

Social worker and family spokeswoman Schona Buranda told the Chicago Sun-Times that the girl was playing in a bedroom on Wednesday when a mattress caught fire. She identified the girl as LeAndrea White.

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Buranda says the girl's twin ran to another room to wake up their mother, who then tried to throw the flaming mattress from a fourth-floor window.

But fire officials say that just fueled the flames.

Two adults were taken to a nearby hospital in fair condition. The extent of their injuries weren't immediately available.

Investigators say there were no working fire detectors in the apartment in the city's Rogers Park neighborhood.

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