The Harvard Police Department and Harvard Fire Protection District responded about 3:15 a.m. Thursday April 19, 2018 to the block of 400 East Blackman Street to a report of a basement fire.
Police officers first on the scene found residents that had evacuated the home, but could hear a man calling out for help. Police and firefighters were not able to rescue the man before he died inside the basement. A 10-year-old boy, 14-year-old girl and 55-year-old woman escaped the fire uninjured.
The man, age 63, was declared dead at the scene, and Office of the State Fire Marshal was notified. The Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office is conducting an investigation into the cause of the fire, which initially appears to be related to careless smoking.
Marengo, Woodstock, McHenry and Sharon fire departments; and Hebron and Capron rescues crews provided mutual aid assistance to Harvard FPD firefighter/paramedics.
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