CHICAGO (CBS) — Firefighters were taking part in a training exercise when they discovered a smoldering body laying in the grass. The practice drill turned into a death investigation in the 1300 block of Joliet Street in West Chicago.
CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar reports investigators are still on the scene almost ten hours after the body was found burning in a field. There are a number of boarded up homes on the abandoned property.READ MORE: Man Killed, Two Others Injured In Hit-And-Run Crash In Homan Square
Firefighters say they were scheduled to burn the abandoned houses down in a controlled burn exercise when they were called into action and made the gruesome discovery.
“Towards the end of the training, they saw some smoldering off the side. I went over and checked it out. They found the body,” said West Chicago Police Chief Michael Uplegger.
— Charlie De Mar (@CharlieDeMar) August 15, 2018READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Severe Storms, Including Risk Of Tornadoes And Large Hail, In Afternoon And Evening
“There was a truck that pulled out of the lot early, like 5:30 in the morning, which is kind of unusual because nobody goes there anymore,” said neighbor Jim Balcerak.
West Chicago Police say the body was of an adult male. His identity is being withheld until an autopsy is performed Wednesday and the family is notified.
Investigators are expected to have the scene secured for the rest of the night.
West Chicago: Firefighters were doing a training this morning at the crime scene.
They were set to burn down several abandoned houses when they discovered a burning body. @cbschicagoMORE NEWS: Man Shot In River North Parking Garage
— Charlie De Mar (@CharlieDeMar) August 15, 2018