Karen Ann Cullotta, a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, said authorities stated police have begun a death investigation on Tuesday morning for a house fire. This fire resulted in one man dead and two others injured. Police said they are running a dual investigation with the village’s Fire Department and the state fire marshal to find the cause and source of the fire, Nathan Hayes, Arlington Heights Police Commander said in a statement.
Hayes said the departments responded to a call at about 2 a.m. Tuesday with a report of a house fire on West Waverly Court. There were two people stuck inside. Officers confirmed the fire upon arrival, and found one person in the front yard and one in the backyard.
Hayes stated a 68-year old man, resident of the house who was not accounted for, “was found dead at the scene.” Police said a 68-year old woman was taken to Northwest Community Hospital, where she was treated and released. A 30-year old woman, also a resident, was taken to Loyola University Medical Center, where she stayed hospitalized until the afternoon.
Officials said the fire was controlled in the house’s hallway and was brought to control in about ten minutes. Deputy Chief Nicholas Pecora of the Arlington Heights police stated, “We are pursuing all angles as to the cause and origin of the fire, and our forensics investigators are working with the state fire marshal to try to determine what ignited the fire.”
Perry Ozols, a neighbor, said when he was awakened by the fire trucks, he “did not smell smoke nor see any flames.” Ozols stated he thinks the residents of the house have resided there for about 20 years.