South Chicago fire kills 62-year-old man, displaces his family

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A fatal fire broke out Thursday morning in the 8700 block of South Essex. | Chicago Fire Department

A 62-year-old man was killed in a fire that displaced his brother and mother Thursday morning in the South Chicago neighborhood on the South Side.

A one-and-a-half-story home in the 8700 block of South Essex burst into flames about 3:20 a.m., according to Chicago police and the Chicago Fire Department.

Oliver Hamd was found unresponsive in the living room, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Hamd was pronounced dead at the scene at 7 a.m.

Hamd’s brother, 56, and mother, 81, were treated onsite for minor injuries, police said. The fire completely ravaged their home.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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