ANDERSONVILLE — A woman was found dead inside a burning car on a residential block in Andersonville early Friday, according to police.
Officers responded to a call of a car on fire shortly before 1 a.m. Friday in the 1400 block of West Farragut Avenue and found the woman’s body in the back seat of the flaming car, Chicago Police said in an incident report.
The woman appears to have been living inside the car, Ald. Harry Osterman (48th) said in an email to constituents. The cause of death has not been determined, nor has the cause of the fire, according to police. Area detectives and the Chicago Fire Department are investigating the incident.
Despite some neighbors on Facebook saying there was an explosion, Kristin Anderson Barrick, who lives on the block, said she and her husband did not hear a thing. Her husband saw police and reporters on the block early Friday as he walked the dog, Barrick said.
Barrick said she and other neighbors aren’t sure of the woman’s identity. Neighbors spent Friday morning checking on each other to make sure everyone was OK. Crews were seen removing bags of clothing and personal items from near the burned-out car, she said.
By mid-morning, much of the evidence of the fire was removed from the block. That’s when Barrick tied a ribbon to a tree near the site, in remembrance of the deceased woman.
“When something horrible and out of my control happens, I try to do something positive,” she said.