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12-year-old dies after fort built in snow collapsed; 9-year-old hurt

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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — A 12-year-old girl died when a snowbank collapsed Sunday, Jan. 20 in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

According to police, the child was playing with a 9-year-old friend outside a church when it happened.

Investigators said the children built a fort and it collapsed on them.

The girls’ families were inside the church, attending service at the time.

Both girls were taken to the hospital, where the 12-year-old was pronounced dead.

At last check, the 9-year-old was being treated for hypothermia.

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