Police Re-Questioning Person Of Interest In Fatal South Chicago Fire

CHICAGO (CBS) — Detectives are again questioning one of two “persons of interest” in a South Side fire that killed three young sisters and a middle-aged neighbor last month.

Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said a man who was previously questioned but released without charges has been brought in for additional questioning. Guglielmi said the man is not under arrest.

Police said the man and a woman with whom the man had had a past and who lives in the building on 81st and Essex are the only two persons of interest in the case.

The woman had told WBBM the man had been harassing her and claiming she owed him money, and when she wouldn’t open her door for him or give him any money, he set the building on fire.

Guglielmi said the man has a past that involved arson.

WBBM 780’s Bernie Tafoya

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The four people who died in the fire included 3-month old Melanie Watson, 4-year old Madison Watson, 7-year old Shaniya Staples and their 56-year old next door neighbor, Kirk Johnson.

The youngest girl died after her father, Michael Watson, jumped from a third floor window with her in his arms as they tried to escape the flames.

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