Deadly North Side Chicago Fire Ruled Arson: Police

A fatal fire that killed a woman who jumped from a burning building on Chicago's North Side early Tuesday has been ruled arson, officials said.

Police said a person of interest has been identified but is not in custody in connection with the blaze that took place in the 1700 block of West Touhy Avenue in the Rogers Park neighborhood. 

A two-alarm fire broke out at the mid-rise apartment building at around 5:30 a.m., according to fire officials.

It was first reported on the rear porches facing Touhy, according to fire officials, but quickly spread to the interior of the building before being struck out around 7:15 a.m.

The 51-year-old woman who jumped was taken in critical condition to St. Francis Hospital, where she later died, authorities said.

Further details, including her identity, were not immediately available.

Another woman, thought to be middle-aged, was taken to an Weiss Memorial Hospital after suffering smoke inhalation, according to fire officials. Her injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

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