A woman died and three other people were displaced following a house fire in the Oakland neighborhood this morning.
Vershonda Marshall, 41, of the 8700 block of South Burley Avenue, was
pronounced dead on the scene at 8:58 a.m.
Marshall was taken by paramedics in "extremely critical"
condition from the fire in the 4100 block of South Berkeley Avenue to the
University of Chicago Hospitals. The fire began about 8:15 a.m. and was declared
under control about 8:40 a.m.
The fire caused heavy damage on the home's first floor, with heavy smoke
damage on the second floor. Firefighters found the woman, who was
possibly in her 40s, on the home's second floor, suffering critical smoke