Chicago Boy Dies After Suspicious Fire That Killed Mother

An 8-year-old boy has died after a suspicious fire in the Roseland neighborhood Saturday that also left his mother dead, reports Chicago Tribune.

Jovan Perkins was rushed to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn after sustaining third-degree burns in the fire, which started just before 2 a.m. Saturday in a three-story building. He died overnight.

The Chicago Police Department’s arson unit is investigating the cause of the extra-alarm fire. No suspects were in custody as of 4 a.m. Sunday, police said.

Perkins’ mother, Millicent Brown-Johnson, died at Roseland Community Hospital early Saturday after suffering smoke inhalation during the fire.

Firefighters arriving at the apartment building Saturday morning found a stairwell “totally involved in fire,” Chicago Fire Department Deputy Chief Don Hroma said. The fire appeared to have started in the stairwell, which is located inside the south portion of the building, he said.

Out of concern for the building’s residents, firefighters called for an EMS Plan 1, bringing at least five ambulances to the scene. The fire was also elevated to a 2-11 alarm.

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