2 killed in separate Chicago fires

A man and a woman have died in separate overnight fires in Chicago, CFD officials say.

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ALEXIS MCADAMS: And tonight, crews boarding up the windows at both homes on the city's South side after two separate fires. Right now investigators trying to figure out how they started. Tonight a 75-year-old man is dead and a woman seriously injured after a large fire tore through this home at 94th and Halsted overnight.

The man who died identified as John Mason. Crews say Mason was trapped inside of this home as those flames continued to grow. The blaze in the city's Brainerd neighborhood now under investigation. No smoke detectors were found at the house. So this morning CFD teams handed out smoke alarms in the neighborhood.

- And we looked up and fire. It was flames, I mean flames coming out the whole back of the building.

ALEXIS MCADAMS: Another fire in the city's South side took the life of 73-year-old Benita Frieson. Fire crews called out to 49th and South Vincennes in Bronzeville.

- You know, churchgoing lady, just hard to believe she's gone.

ALEXIS MCADAMS: Neighbors say the woman, who went by Bonnie, had a medical alert system which notified 911.

- I jumped up to go see what's going on, then somebody started saying fire. All I did was ran at the house, just ran totally just out the house.

ALEXIS MCADAMS: Fire crews were back out in both neighborhoods assessing the damage and also handing out those smoke detectors. No word on a cause of either fire just yet.