Woman's Death in Albany Park Fire Ruled Homicide

By DNAinfo Staff on January 18, 2013 5:43pm

 Claudia Martinez, 35, suffered fatal burns in her apartment in the 4800 block of North Kenneth Avenue Wednesday, according to the medical examiner's office.
Claudia Martinez, 35, suffered fatal burns in her apartment in the 4800 block of North Kenneth Avenue Wednesday, according to the medical examiner's office.
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CHICAGO - An Albany Park woman's death in a fire was ruled a homicide Friday by the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

Claudia Martinez, 35, suffered fatal burns from a fire in her apartment in the 4800 block of North Kenneth Avenue Wednesday, according to the medical examiner's office.

The incident occurred about 10:15 p.m. Martinez and a 6-year-old girl were taken from the scene to nearby hospitals, police said.

Martinez was taken to Loyola University Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead about 6 a.m. Thursday, officials said.

The 6-year-old girl was taken to Swedish Covenant Hospital in good condition, police said.

Martinez's death was ruled a homicide in an autopsy Friday.

The causes of death were ruled thermal injuries and an apartment fire.

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