Mother and Son Killed as Fire Blazes Through South Side Apartment - NBC Chicago

Mother and Son Killed as Fire Blazes Through South Side Apartment



    One person was killed and a boy and firefighter were injured in a fire on Chicago's South Side Saturday. Susan Carlson reports. (Published Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013)

    An 8-year-old boy has died after a fire in the Roseland neighborhood Saturday that also killed his mother, officials said.

    Jovan Perkins was taken in serious-to-critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn with third-degree burns, but was later transported to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood’s burn unit, according to authorities.

    He was pronounced dead at 11:15 p.m. Saturday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

    The boy's mother was also killed in the fire, which broke out around 2 a.m. in a three-story apartment building near 112th Street and South Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, authorities said.

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    The fire was elevated to a still-and-box alarm after the stairwell was found engulfed in flames, according to District Chief Don Hroma. The fire was later elevated to a 2-11 alarm, according to Chicago Fire Media.

    Millicent Brown-Johnson, 28, was transported to Roseland Community Hospital where she was pronounced dead, according to the medical examiner's office.

    A firefighter was also injured in the flames. Fire officials said he suffered minor lacerations to his face and was treated at Roseland Community Hospital.

    The cause of the fire was not immediately known, but the blaze was deemed "suspicious" and is under investigation by the Chicago Police Department’s arson unit.