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Autopsy: Person Found in Burning Building Was Shot

By Alex Parker | February 22, 2014 4:27pm
 A man in his 50s was found dead in a South Chicago home Friday morning after firefighters doused flames in the building.
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CHICAGO — The person whose body was found inside a building that was on fire died of apparent gunshot wounds, an autopsy determined Saturday.

The person, whose identity is still unknown, was found after crews doused a small fire in South Chicago Friday morning. Authorities initially said the body was of a man, but the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office has so far been unable to determine the person's gender or identity.

Saturday's autopsy determined the person died of multiple gunshot wounds, and was classified a homicide. Police said the death investigation is ongoing, and had no new information.

Firefighters were called to the 8300 block of South Baker Avenue shortly after 6 a.m. to fight a blaze on the first floor of a 2½-story home, according to Larry Langford, a Chicago Fire Department spokesman.

After dousing those flames, firefighters searching the home found a dead man believed to be in his 50s, Langford said.