90-year-old man and woman found dead after ‘suspicious’ West Side fire

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CHICAGO -- A 90-year-old man and woman were killed after an apartment fire in the city's West Garfield Park neighborhood.

Sources tells WGN-TV the cause of the fire is suspicious and that evidence collected from the scene has been handed over to the Chicago Police Department's Bomb & Arson Unit.

The fire started around 3 a.m. Tuesday in an apartment building on the 4000 block of West Wilcox Street.

The man and woman were found on the second-floor of the building. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

The elderly couple have been identified by relatives asĀ Aldonia and Lewis White.

(Aldonia White, Louis White; photo credit: family)

Aldonia was a retired nurse, and Louis was a veteran.

The two lived in the building for 60 years and owned other properties in the neighborhood.

According to the fire department, the home had fire detectors -- but none were working.

No other injuries were reported.


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