Body found when house fire extinguished in Berwyn

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A person’s body was discovered Friday after a fire was extinguished at a home in west suburban Berwyn, according to police.

Emergency crews responded to a report of smoke and flames coming from a house at 3309 S. Home Avenue, according to Berwyn police.

When the fire was extinguished, firefighters discovered the body of a male, who was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:35 p.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

An autopsy on Saturday found he died of acute smoke inhalation and his death was ruled an accident, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Authorities have not released the identity of the male, but Berwyn police said the house was owned by a 64-year-old man.

The cause and origin of the fire was under investigation by local and federal authorities, police said. Berwyn detectives were conducting a death investigation.

Berwyn police did not release additional information about the investigation on Saturday.

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