1 dead, 1 injured in Oak Forest fire

December 19, 2012 12:33:31 PM PST
A woman is dead and a man is in critical condition after a fire broke out in a home in the south suburbs on Central Avenue in Oak Forest.

  • UPDATE FROM OAK FOREST POLICE: "Autopsy results on victim Erica Rodriguez have determined that she died as a result of strangulation and not as a result of the fire. Erica Rodriguez's death has been ruled a HOMICIDE. The Oak Forest Police and Fire Departments, the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force and the State Fire Marshall's office are conducting a joint investigation into this incident. In addition, the cause of the fire has still not been determined."

Oak Forest police have identified the female victim as 40-year-old Erica Rodriguez.

Martin Rodriguez, 48, was initially transported to South Suburban Hospital and then transferred to Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, according to police.

Three children who live in the home were in school at the time.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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