Woman killed in Englewood fire investigated as a homicide

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A woman was killed in a fire early Thursday in an apartment building in the 1300 block of West 57th St. in Chicago. | Justin Jackson/ Sun-Times

CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) - The death of a woman found after an apartment fire early Thursday in the South Side Englewood neighborhood is being investigated as a homicide, authorities said.

Firefighters responded to a working fire in an apartment building at 12:06 a.m. in the 1300 block of West 57th Street, according to Chicago Fire Department spokesperson Larry Langford.

A 38-year-old woman was found dead in a bedroom on the second floor, according to Chicago Police. No other injuries were reported.

Investigators determined her death was a homicide and the scene was turned over to police as a crime scene, according to the fire department.

There did not appear to be any working smoke detectors going off in the building, Langford said. The cause of the fire was still under investigation.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office has not released details about the death. Area South detectives were investigating.