An early morning, overnight house fire killed Hoffman Estates resident Emmett Keating in an early morning fire overnight. Emmet Keating was over 90-years-old and used a wheelchair. Two people escaped the house fire and told police that an elderly man, who was wheelchair-bound, was still in the burning house. Firefighters immediately went to work, searched the home, and found Keating unresponsive in a bedroom in the burning, smoke-filled home within 10 minutes. Firefighters brought the man to the front yard, performed CPR and advanced life support, and transported Emmett Keating to a nearby hospital.
Hoffman Estates police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 1:34 a.m. Sunday to a report of a house fire with ‘high flames’ seen from the 0-99 block of Arizona Boulevard in Hoffman Estates. The fire was discovered by police in the 700 block of Cumberland Street in Hoffman Estates.
Firefighters arriving on the scene reported a fully-involved ranch-style house fire with heavy smoke and fire through the roof. There were some problems hearing a crew in the backyard on the scene, but the crew was eventually able to communicate that there was a hazard with power lines down in the backyard.
About 1:45 a.m., Emmett Keating was pulled from the house to the front lawn, where Schaumburg firefighter/paramedics were waiting for treatment. Keating was transported to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead at 2:19 a.m.
A firefighter/paramedic suffered a minor ankle injury at the fire scene and was treated by Palatine Rural firefighter/paramedics.
The fire was reported out by about 2:03 a.m. Sunday. Streamwood, Palatine Rural Fire Protection District and Schaumburg firefighter/paramedics assisted Hoffman Estates.
The Illinois State Fire Marshal was called to the scene.
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