Boy, 8, dies after suspicious fire in Chicago that also killed his mom

Sept. 22, 2013 at 11:06 AM

CHICAGO, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- An 8-year-old boy who was injured in a suspicious fire in Chicago has died, authorities said.

Jovan Perkins sustained third-degree burns in the fire, which occurred before 2 a.m. Saturday. He was on life support, but died overnight.

The fire also killed the boy's mother, Millicent Brown-Johnson, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The Chicago Police Department's arson unit is investigating the cause of the fire, and a department spokesman said foul play is suspected due to evidence found at the scene.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, the top two floors of the three-story building were engulfed in the blaze, the Chicago Sun-Times said.

Brown-Johnson was in cardiac arrest and was taken to the hospital, where she died shortly after 3 a.m.

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