12-year-old girl dies in Illinois snow fort collapse

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A road and trees are covered with snow Warngau, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Due to heavy snow fall the Miesbach county announced a disater alert. (Lino Mirgeler/dpa via AP)

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — A 12-year-old girl has died in suburban Chicago after a snow fort collapsed while she was playing outside a church.

Arlington Heights police are calling it a “tragic accident.”

Police identified the girl as Esther Jung. She was playing with a 9-year-old girl in the snow outside Rothem Church on Sunday. Their families began looking for them about an hour later and found them under the snow. The younger girl survived.

It’s not known how long the girls were trapped. The temperature at the time was about 14 degrees (minus-10 celsius).

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