Woman's death in Harvey house fire ruled homicide

The body of a 64-year old Harvey woman was found inside the debris of a burned-out home Wednesday morning (WLS)

The death of a woman in a house fire early Wednesday in south suburban Harvey has been ruled a homicide.

Firefighters responded about 4 a.m. to the house fire in the 14800 block of Leavitt Avenue, according to city spokesman Sean Howard.

Within 15 minutes of firefighters' arrival, the woman was found in the rear of the home, he said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy Thursday found the woman, whose identity wasn't released, died of multiple injuries from an assault and the house fire, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. Her death was rule a homicide.

Howard had said foul play was "definitely" suspected.

"It doesn't appear she died in the fire, we're looking at a homicide," he said.

The house blaze was extinguished in about an hour, Howard said. No other injuries were reported.

Harvey detectives are investigating.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire - Copyright Chicago Sun-Times 2017.)

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