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Man found dead in Lawndale fire

Five other people escaped the fire unharmed, police said.

A 35-year-old man was found dead when officers responded to a fire May  25, 2020, in Lawndale.
A 35-year-old man was found dead when officers responded to a fire May 25, 2020, in Lawndale.
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A man was found dead in a burning home Monday in Lawndale on the West Side.

The 35-year-old was found dead in the basement about 12:37 a.m. in the 3900 block of West Fillmore, Chicago police said.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified him as Vernell Maurice Cleveland. He lived in Lawndale.

Five other people in the home were able to escape the blaze uninjured, police said. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The Chicago Fire Department is investigating.