Man Dies in House Fire on Winnebago Drive Near Mills Rd in Unincorporated Grayslake

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Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies and Gurnee firefighters responded about 12:40 a.m. Sunday, May 12, 2024 to a report of a house fire in the 17800 block of West Winnebago Drive, unincorporated Grayslake. When sheriff’s deputies arrived, they spoke to the 63-year-old homeowner, who safely evacuated the fire. She advised deputies that her son, a 44-year-old man, was still inside, and that she knew he was attempting to get out of the home, but that he had not made it out.

Lake County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to make entry into the home to find the man, however, the smoke was too heavy, and they were unable to enter house. Shortly after, Gurnee Firefighters arrived, and firefighters were able to make entry into the home with their protective gear and a hose. However, firefighters had to back out because fire conditions in the right, rear corner of the house.

The fire was reported “knocked” and firefighters located the man inside the home by 1:02 a.m. The victim was discovered unconscious and not breathing. Life saving measures were started, and the man was transported to an area hospital where he was subsequently pronounced deceased.

The Lake County Coroner’s Office is scheduling an autopsy.

Although preliminary indications show the fire does not appear suspicious, sheriff’s detectives responded to the scene. They will continue their investigation with fire officials and the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office.



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