Medical researcher reports four deaths after barricade, fire in Oak Forest house

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Four people died Friday at a home in Oak Forest, where police were at the scene of a barricade and fire, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office

Residents of Oak Forest in and around the 5500 block of Ann Marie Lane were told to take shelter in place as rescuers were on the scene, the city said.

According to a post on the city’s Facebook page, the situation started around 7 a.m. TV news reports showed smoke coming from a house in that area. The message stated that there is a heavy police and fire presence in the area.

At about 10:45 a.m., officials said there was no longer a threat to the community, but the investigation continues. But the medical examiner’s office reported the four deaths, though names, ages and other identification were withheld until family members were notified.

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Oak Forest officials had closed Central Avenue from Independence to 155th Street and it will remain closed while police and firefighters continue the investigation. The village also closed 155th between Central and Long Avenue, although that street is now open.

This is a story in development. Come back for more information.

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