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Woman and Boy Killed in Arlington Heights House Fire on Park Street, Father Dies Next Day

Tue June 02 2009 5:21 am
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Video of fire scene just after 3:30 a.m. Tuesday at 105 East Park Street, Arlington Heights.

UPDATE (June 3, 2009 3:30 pm):

Arlington Heights police confirmed Wednesday afternoon, after Kevin Finnerty, 46, died at 4:40 a.m., that he killed his family and was the cause of his own death. Investigators found a gasoline can in the master bedroom. A suicide note was also found. Details of the content of the note have not been released, but police are describing the tone of the note as discouragement over “general issues of the times” and “financial issues.”

House Fire Kills Patricia Finnerty and Son Garret Finnerty in Arlington Heights Home; Husband Kevin Finnerty Seriously Injured with Burn Injuries

Details on family and investigation, see Arson Investigation at Kevin Finnerty Home Where Wife, Son Died in House Fire …

Arlington Heights Fire Department firefighters worked to rescue a family of five from a house fire overnight at a home in the 100 block of East Park Street. One young boy was rescued from the roof of the house just after 3:30 a.m. Tuesday. Before arrival of firefighters, a 12-year-old girl went to a neighbor’s house to report the fire to 9-1-1 and get help. The fire was noticed by the girl in a bedroom and hallway. During her call for help, she added that her brother was on the roof.

When the first Arlington Heights police officer arrived on the scene, he reported smoke from the second floor. Firefighters arrived quickly and performed a search inside the house, and firefighters from Tower 1 rescued the boy on the roof. At least two victims were found inside the house. Firefighters suspected trauma injuries on one of the victims discovered, and notified fire command that the fire scene might be a crime scene.

Firefighters were performing CPR and advanced life support for one fire victim on the parkway near the corner of Park Street and Evergreen Avenue. That person was then rushed to an awaiting ambulance and transported to a hospital. The Cook County medical examiner’s office is reporting that a 41-year-old woman and an 11-year-old boy were killed in the fire. A third person was seriously injured. More details are expected later today.

The fire, which appeared to be on the second floor, was extinguished within 15 minutes.

At 5:15 a.m. the State of Illinois Fire Marshall was on the scene investigating with the Arlington Heights Fire Department and Arlington Heights Police Department. Arson has been mentioned as a possibility as a cause of the fire.

Mount Prospect Fire Department, Palatine Fire Department and Rolling Meadows Fire Department assisted Arlington Heights Fire Department at the fire scene. Mount Prospect Fire Department and Palatine Fire Department each sent an ambulance for staging, and Rolling Meadows Fire Department sent an engine with their firefighters working with Arlington Heights firefighters. Buffalo Grove Fire Department and Elk Grove Fire Department each sent an ambulance to an Arlington Heights fire station to provide coverage for the rest of the community of Arlington Heights.

Park Street, west of Arlington Heights Road was blocked for an extended period of time Tuesday morning, Tuesday and Tuesday night.

Bridget & Pierce Finnerty

Jennifer Murphy,
“Guardian of the Finnerty Children”
Village Bank & Trust
311 S. Arlington Heights Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

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