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Vehicle That Caught Fire Killing Woman Inside Was Parked There For Weeks

Video still of burning car

Early in the morning on November 22, Andersonville residents woke up to the sound of explosions around 1 a.m. Police responded to the scene to find a vehicle engulfed in flames and a body laying in the back seat.

Police responded to the call about a vehicle explosion at 12:48 a.m. on Friday in the 1400 block of W. Farragut. When officers arrived they found a grey 2019 Nissan Sentra sedan with California license plates on fire. Crews quickly put out the blaze and found a woman in her 20s in the back seat. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

As authorities investigated the incident, piles of clothes and personal belongings could be seen laying just outside the vehicle. According to police, the car was parked in the spot since at least Oct. 31 of this year.

“The woman appears to have been living in the car,” said Ald. Harry Osterman in an email. “My condolences go out to her friends and loved ones. Chicago Fire Department is investigating the cause of the fire.”

The Alderman went on to say that his office works closely with the Chicago Department of Family Services to help connect people experiencing homelessness with social services. If you see any homeless individuals call the 48th Ward office so they can organize a check on that person. This becomes increasingly important with Winter approaching.

The identity of the woman has not been released. Area North detectives are currently conducting a death investigation.

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