Murder charge filed in Gresham arson fire that killed mother, 10-year-old daughter

A 63-year-old was charged in their murders.

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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

A 63-year-old man has been charged with murder and arson in a Gresham house fire that killed a mother and her young daughter last week.

Reginald Brown was arrested Tuesday in connection to the Feb. 28 blaze in the 8600 block of South Hermitage Avenue, Chicago police announced Wednesday.

Brown, of Gresham, was expected to appear in court Wednesday.

The victims were 10-year-old Porche Stinson Ford and her mother Ieashia Ford, 34, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Their deaths were classified as homicides “due to house fire due to arson,” the medical examiner’s office said.

They were found in a burning house by firefighters about 4 a.m., Chicago fire officials said.

The pair were taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital, where they were pronounced dead, officials said. The fire also injured four other adults, police said.

Neighbors told CBS2-Chicago that the fire broke out in the rear of the home where Ford and her daughter lived.

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