Des Plaines police and firefighter/paramedics responded 12:06 AM Monday to a house fire in the 1000 block of Irwin Avenue, just north of Lake Opeka. Police and firefighter/paramedics received a report initially that two people were trapped in the home. A police officer attempted a rescue, and a male resident escaped from the split-level home. Firefighters extinguished the fire in about 20 minutes.
During a search of the residence, firefighters found an unresponsive female in the lower level of the spit-level home. Sandra Lupy, 48, was dead at the scene.
Elk Grove Village firefighters assisted Des Plaines firefighters.
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