A basement fire that killed a 35-year-old woman and injured her daughter is being investigated as a possible arson.
Claudia Martinez, 35, suffered severe burns in the fire Wednesday night in the basement of the two-flat where she lived in the 4800 block of North Kenneth Avenue. The fire started about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, and Martinez and a 6-year-old girl were taken to Swedish Covenant Hospital following the fire.
Martinez was transferred to Loyola University Medical Center’s burn unit, where she was declared dead just before 6 a.m..
The fire that is believed to have killed Martinez is being investigated as a possible arson