Suburban fire kills elderly man

January 5, 2009 9:59:44 AM PST
Flames have killed an elderly man and injured his wife in south suburban Matteson. The fire broke out on the 6100-block of Aspen Sunday night.

Neighbors and a Matteson police officer helped get the woman out of the burning home. She's now hospitalized in serious condition.

But the thick smoke blocked them from reaching her 93-year-old husband, Willie Johnson. Firefighters eventually found him dead inside.

An investigation is underway into what started the fire.