Woman Found Dead with Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound at Inverness House Fire Scene Where Her Husband Also Died

Flames through the roof at a house fire on Bradwell Road in Inverness
Flames through the roof at a house fire on Bradwell Road in Inverness (PHOTO CREDIT: Jimmy Bolf).

Two dead in house fire on Bradwell Road near Roberts Road, Inverness. YouTube Tips ⓘ

The identifies of two fire victims, who were found dead at a burning house in the block of 200 Bradwell Road in Inverness, have been identified as Mario Pieracci, age 84, and his wife Marlene Pieracci, age 82. Inverness police and firefighters and paramedics from Palatine Rural Fire Protection District responded to a report of smoke coming from their house at 4:48 p.m. Sunday, January 31, 2021. Firefighters immediately went to work to attack the fire and search the home for victims.




Firefighters and paramedics at about 5:05 p.m. removed Mario Pieracci and attempted to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was found in a living area of the home.

About 5:30 p.m. Marlene Pieracci was found unresponsive in a car in the garage. There were no fire conditions in the garage. She was immediately discovered with a gunshot wound, and the gunshot wound was determined to be self-inflicted. Marlene Pieracci’s death was ruled a suicide by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Her husband Mario’s death is still under investigation, but initially it appears he died as a result of the fire. Inverness police do not believe there was foul play involving an offender or offenders from outside the home.




The cause of the fire is also under investigation, and the Office of the State of Illinois Fire Marshal is also working with Palatine Rural Fire Protection District to investigate the fatal fire incident.

A neighbor said the couple lived in the house for at least 40 years.

The Peiracci’s raised two sons, who now live in California and Nevada.




House fire on Bradwell Road in Inverness where flames burned through the roof
House fire on Bradwell Road in Inverness where flames burned through the roof.

A MABAS Division 1 Box Alarm #36-1 was activated at about 5:13 p.m.

Firefighters, paramedics and/or command officers from Arlington Heights, Cary, Lake Zurich, Mount Prospect, Rolling Meadows, Rutland-Dundee, Schaumburg, and Wheeling were assigned to the scene.




Firefighters and paramedics from Algonquin and Arlington Heights were assigned to standby at the Palatine Rural Fire Protection District Fire Station.

Later a MABAS Tender Box was activated to bring water to a portable tank setup at the front of the house. Tankers or tenders from Barrington-Countryside, Cary, Prospect Heights, and Rutland-Dundee were assigned to the scene.

Flames through the roof at a house fire on Bradwell Road in Inverness
Flames through the roof at a house fire on Bradwell Road in Inverness (PHOTO CREDIT: Jimmy Bolf).




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