Fatal house fire on Treebark Drive near Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg. YouTube Tips ⓘ
Police, firefighters and paramedics from Schaumburg responded about 9:21 p.m. Friday, May 28, 2021 to a report of a house fire in the block of 0-99 Treebark Drive in Schaumburg.
Upon arrival of police officers, they observed flames and smoke showing from the residence. Initially, police officers found the male homeowner, age 87, inside and safely evacuated him. The homeowner also told police officer his wife, an 84 year-old victim, was still upstairs.
A police officer attempted to advance to the upstairs area, but was overcome by heavy smoke and was forced to leave the house. Firefighters arrived, entered the home with Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus and protective gear, and recovered the female victim from upstairs by about 9:34 p.m. She was pronounced deceased on the scene, according to the Schaumburg Police Department.
Her husband was transported to AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Medical Center and treated for non-life threatening, burn injuries. One police officer was transported to the same hospital for smoke inhalation, and was treated and released.
The fire was extinguished by 9:49 p.m. and overhaul began inside the hoime. The cause of the fire has not been officially determined, but investigators are checking whether cigarette smoking in bed may have been connected to the cause of the fire.
Heavy smoke and fire damage were sustained at the residence, which was deemed uninhabitable. A neighbor responded to provide
assistance for the displaced homeowner.
The fire incident involves an active investigation being conducted by the Schaumburg Police Investigations Division and the Schaumburg Fire Department. Perimeter tape was immediately placed around the front yard.
ComEd and Nicor also shut down utilities.
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