Man charged with murder, arson in fatal fire

A man has been charged with first-degree murder and aggravated arson, after police say he set a fire that killed his wife and injured their six-year-old daughter last week.

According to authorities, 35-year-old Gregorio Carmona doused his wife, Claudia Martinez, with gasoline, then set her apartment in the 4800 block of North Kenneth Avenue on fire Wednesday night.

Martinez was transferred to Loyola University Medical Center’s burn unit, where she was declared dead just before 6 a.m. Thursday, according to the medical examiner’s office.

The couple’s six-year-old daughter was also taken to Swedish Covenant Hospital following the fire, said police.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Carmona was arrested after being released from Swedish Covenant Hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation from the blaze.

Carmona reportedly told police he tried to save Martinez, but there was too much smoke.

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6 comments

  • Tired of the Morons

    Mexican? I didn't see that one coming. Does anyone else see a pattern as to who keeps committing all these crimes? And we want to keep the illegals why again. Oh, that's right drivers license money.

    • lookaroundfirst

      Yea, because non 'illegals' never commit heinous crimes. What rock did you crawl out from under? Way to create sweeping, racist, generalizations from zero proof out of a tragic situation; also I don't think "drivers license money" is some over-looked booming industry. Personality fail.

      • Tired of the Morons

        True, but on the other the point is still valid. Of course they would be nothing for the news to do or the papers to print if we did get rid of the wetbacks and their equally intelligent black moron brothers. Your defense is at best an excuse to type.

  • Tired of the Morons

    Most of it, yes. And using a completely nuts individual to defend a race that does it on a daily basis is mundane.

  • Dana

    I think everyone is missin the point…that jerk hurt his own 6 yr old child. She lost both parents in the matter of seconds. That guy needs to fry!!!

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