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Woman found dead after Cabrini Green apartment fire identified

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Authorities have identified a woman found dead after a fire Friday evening in the Cabrini Green neighborhood on the Near North Side.

The apartment fire in the 500 block of West Oak had been extinguished by about 8:20 p.m., according to the Chicago Fire Department.

The fire had been contained to a single apartment, and the unit’s sprinklers and smoke detectors were working, according to the fire department.

Carmen Johnson, 57, was dead at the scene, according to fire officials and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. She lived in the same block as the fire.

An autopsy Saturday did not rule on Johnson’s cause and manner of death pending further studies, according to the medical examiner’s office.

This was the second fatal fire reported on Friday. A man, believed to be in his 20s, was killed and an elderly woman was injured in a fire about 9 a.m. in the East Chatham neighborhood, according to the fire department. The man’s identity was not released Friday night.