Authorities release names of 2 women killed in Clearing house fire

Authorities have released the names of two women who died in a house fire early Thursday in Clearing on the Southwest Side.

The women were identified as Judy Austin, 60, and April Tadla, 41, by the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Authorities responded to the fire about 2:10 a.m. in the 5200 block of West 64th Place, Chicago police said.


A man and woman from the residence, 57 and 60, were taken to Holy Cross Hospital in serious condition, and the woman was later pronounced dead, police said. The third woman, 41, was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where she was pronounced dead.

Autopsy results found the women died of inhalation injuries and ruled their deaths accidents, the medical examiner’s office said.

An investigation into the cause of the fire was ongoing.