Investigation underway after body of 68-year-old man found in house fire on Far South Side

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CHICAGO — An investigation is underway after a fatal house fire on the city’s Far South Side.

Police presence has been in front of the home on Normal just south of 103rd Street all morning, along with arson investigators, indicating there may be suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a man in his 60s.

Emergency crews responded to calls of a house fire just before 6 a.m. Thursday in the Fernwood neighborhood. The body of a 68-year-old man was found in a second-floor bedroom.

One firefighter was injured after falling through a hole on the second floor. That firefighter was transported to Christ Hospital in stable condition.

The victim’s adult son also stays at the home at times, but he was not present when the fire started.

Relatives of the man are wondering why his body was found on the second-floor when the resident was known to have a downstairs bedroom.

The man’s identity and cause of death has not yet been released.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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