Man found dead in Fernwood blaze was beaten: autopsy

James Dyer died from being struck with a blunt object and from injuries from the fire, according to autopsy results released Friday.

SHARE Man found dead in Fernwood blaze was beaten: autopsy
A man was found dead in a fire April 23, 2020, in the 400 block of West 104th Street in Fernwood.

A man was found dead in a fire April 23, 2020, in the 400 block of West 104th Street in Fernwood.

Chicago Fire Department

Police are conducting a homicide investigation after a 68-year-old man was found dead with trauma Thursday in a burning home on the South Side.

James Dyer died from being hit with a blunt object and from injuries from the fire, according to autopsy results released Friday by the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Dyer was found about 5:45 a.m. on the second floor of a burning home in the 400 block of West 104th Street, authorities said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators have not determined its cause as of Friday morning, fire officials said.

A firefighter who fell through a hole in the floor and was treated at a hospital for “bumps and bruises,” authorities said.

No arrests have been made, Chicago police said Friday afternoon.

Read more oncrime, and track the city’shomicides.

The Latest
Woman isn’t sure she can keep seeing a man who keeps a photo of ‘the love of his life’ on his rearview mirror and plans to be buried next to her.
Kelly’s defense attorney calls the trial starting Monday “total and complete overkill.” But legal experts say it could help vindicate other accusers and ensure the superstar remains in prison.
Illinois and the U.S. should remove barriers that make it hard for foreign-trained doctors to practice medicine here.
The Eastern Conference-leading Union won 4-1, snapping the Fire’s unbeaten streak at five and dropping them three points out of the final playoff spot.