Fire Investigation

OAK FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Authorities in suburban Chicago are questioning two men in connection with an apartment fire that left three people dead.

Oak Forest Fire Chief Jim Berger says the volume of the fire and the amount of damage prompted an arson investigation.

The fire broke out late Saturday evening at the 36-unit Le Claire Station Apartments. It took firefighters three hours to extinguish the blaze.

Dozens of residents were displaced.

A Cook County Medical Examiner's spokesman says the bodies of the three who died are badly charred. He says it will require dental records to identify them. An autopsy is planned.

Several suburban fire departments including Oak Forest, Country Club Hills and Midlothian responded to the fire.


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