Death of woman found in Englewood fire being investigated as homicide

CHICAGO -- The death of a woman found after an apartment fire on the South Side has been ruled a homicide.

Fire crews responded to the apartment building in the 1300 block of West 57th Street in the Englewood neighborhood around 12:10 a.m. Thursday. The woman was found in a bedroom of a second floor apartment. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The woman has been identified as 38-year-old Ta’anda Hall. She was a mother of three older children and had moved into the building about two months ago.

No working smoke detectors were heard in the apartment, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

There are multiple surveillance cameras posted around the building, including in the entrance. According to a source, there are clear images of an acquaintance coming and going Wednesday night.

An investigation has determined her death was a homicide and was turned over to police as a crime scene.

The manner of death is unknown at this time, but CFD says the cause was not the fire.

A green SUV, somehow linked to the death investigation, was towed away from the scene just after 6 a.m.