Officials have launched separate homicide and arson investigations after a woman who had been stabbed several times was found by firefighters in a building that was set on fire on the Southwest Side Friday afternoon, police said.
Firefighters were called around 1:50 p.m. to the fire in the home on the 2500 block of West 45th Place, according to police. A 2-11 alarm was called as the fire spread to several buildings, officials said.
A woman's body was rescued from one of the buildings and paramedics began life saving measures before determining the woman had died.
The woman was identified as Lucy Wrobel, 53, who lived in the home, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner's office.
Officials determined that Wrobel's body had been stabbed several times in the neck and head area, according to a police report. She was dead on the scene, police said.
According to a police report, a family member of the woman who lived in the second floor of the building told police that he had heard a window breaking on the first floor of the home at about 10 a.m. He later said he saw smoke and fire on the rear porch. He said the fire and smoke stopped him from going to the first floor.
She died of multiple injuries in an assault, the Cook County medical examiner's office determined following an autopsy.
There was no one in custody in connection with Wrobel's death and police were investigating, said Police News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada.
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