Fatal House Fire on North 21st St Near Route 14 and Taylor, Unincorporated Barrington

UPDATE: Victim identified as Carole Schnable, age 81, and was resident of the home since the early 1970s with her husband (who died February 13, 2013).

Barrington Countryside FPD firefighters responded to a house fire at 21207 North 21st Street about 1:15 a.m. Saturday after receiving a report of flames showing from the rear of the house. The Lake County sheriff’s office was also called at 1:15 a.m. Saturday to 21000 block of North 21st Street in unincorporated Barrington for a reported structure fire. Sheriff’s deputies found the residence fully engulfed in flames. Firefighters also arrived to find a fully-involved house fire and immediately elevated the alarm to a MABAS Box Alarm.

The Box Alarm was struck out at 2:24 a.m.

When the fire was extinguished firefighters were able to search the home, and discovered a body believed to be the 88-year-old homeowner in an upstairs bedroom. Positive identification is awaiting completed investigation by the Lake County Coroner’s Office.

Firefighters from Algonquin, Barrington, Bartlett, Buffalo Grove, Carpentersville, Cary, Deerfield, Fox River Grove, Lake Zurich, Long Grove, Nunda Township, Palatine, Palatine Rural, Rolling Meadows, and Streamwood assisted Barrington-Countryside firefighters.

The cause of the fatal house fire is currently under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division, the Barrington Countryside Fire Department and the Illinois State Fire Marshall’s Office.

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