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Arson, homicide detectives investigate South Side fire where mother, daughter died

The fire broke out at a Gresham home early Sunday.

Firefighters work to put out a blaze early Feb. 28 at a bungalow in the 8600 block of South Hermitage Avenue.
A fire broke out in a home Feb. 28, 2021 in the 8600 block of South Hermitage Avenue in Gresham.
Chicago Fire Department

Arson and homicide detectives were investigating a Sunday fire in the Gresham neighborhood in which a mother and her daughter died.

Autopsy results remained pending Monday afternoon for Porche Stinson Ford, 15, and Ieshia Ford, 34, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

They who were found in the burning house by firefighters about 4 a.m. Sunday in the 8600 block of South Hermitage Avenue, officials said.

The cause of fire hasn’t been determined, but there was enough evidence at the scene to turn over the investigation to police, according to Chicago fire spokesman Larry Langford.

Chicago police said their bomb and arson detectives, as well as homicide detectives, were investigating the cause of the fire.

The pair were taken in critical condition to Little Company of Mary Hospital, where they were pronounced dead, officials said.

Neighbors told CBS2-Chicago that the fire broke out in the rear of the home where Ford and her daughter lived. Neighbors told the station that the girl was 10 years old, but the medical examiner’s office listed her age as 15.

Two other women and two men were taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for treatment, police said.

The home had no working smoke detectors, according to the fire department.