Burned body found two days after fire

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Two days after a residential fire broke out on the West Side, the family of one of the men went back to the boarded up home and found their loved one inside.

Two days after a residential fire broke out on the West Side, the family of one of the men went back to the boarded up home and found their loved one inside. Crosby Lipscomb, who lived in the basement apartment of a two-flat home in the 3500 block of West Polk Street with two other men, was apparently missed by the Chicago Fire Department during their search efforts on Monday after the fire broke out, said Lipscomb’s nephew Haywood Lipscomb. Larry Langford, spokesperson for the fire department, said they are investigating the incident. The fire, suspected to be a cooking accident, broke out shortly before 6:30 a.m. on Monday. When Lipscomb’s family didn’t see him make it out, they urged the fire department to keep looking, the nephew said. The other occupants of the apartment made it out. “We kept asking them to keep searching,” Haywood Lipscomb said Wednesday afternoon after discovering the body. The family went back to the home to see if they could salvage anything from the fire but instead came across the 58-year-old retired Chicago Public Schools janitor’s body. A death investigation is also underway by the Chicago Police Department. ______ Copyright 2009 Chicago Defender. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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