(Meredith) – A 12-year-old Illinois girl who was playing outside with her 9-year-old friend died after a snow fort they built together collapsed on top of them, police said.

The girls were at a church in Arlington Heights with their families on Sunday, when they decided to play outside, according to the Chicago Tribune

After an hour had passed and the girls still hadn't returned, the families went outside to look for them and found them buried in the snow.

Relatives and church members pulled the girls out of the snow by the time emergency crews arrived around 2:40 p.m., according to the Arlington Heights Police Department. 

The 12-year-old girl was pronounced dead at Northwest Community Hospital. The younger girl was treated for hypothermia and remains at the hospital, police said.

It's unclear how long the girls were trapped in the snow. 

Sgt. Charles Buczynski said it appears to be a "tragic accident." 

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