Woman killed in South Side fire

November 16, 2010 4:42:12 AM PST
Flames roared through a bungalow near 57th and Damen, killing one woman and injuring her husband Monday afternoon in Englewood.

Mattie Lee Fletcher, 72, was killed. Her husband, Joe, 71, was taken to Bernard Hospital in serious condition.

The flames began around 1:30 p.m. and spread quickly. Mattie was trapped by the fire in the front room, officials said. She was unable to get out.

"She was a loving mother. She cared about all of us. We have been here 3 a years, so my mom was like a mom to all of my neighbors. My mom raised us and cared about us more than hers," said the Fletchers' daughter.

Fletcher had five children- two of whom were home at the time of the fire. They were able to escape from the flames and refused treatment at the scene when fire crews arrived.

The 1 and a-half story bungalow was heavily damaged. Officials have not determined the cause of the fire.