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Fire Official: Elderly Woman Found Dead After NW Side Fire

(STMW) -- An elderly woman was found dead after a fire Tuesday afternoon in the Portage Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side, according to a fire official.

Firefighters responded to the blaze in a two-story home in the 5200 block of West Melrose about 2 p.m., Fire Media Affairs spokesman Will Knight said.

Shirley Ryan, 72, was found dead on the first floor of the home in the living area, according to fire officials and the Cook County medical examiner's office.

She lived in the same block as the fatal fire, the medical examiner's office said.

No other injuries were reported and the blaze was extinguished. Firefighters did not hear any working smoke detectors when they arrived at the scene, Knight said.

An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday, the medical examiner's office said.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2014. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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