Victims Found Dead Outside with Suspicious Injuries at Scene of House Fire on Park Ave West, Highland Park

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Two people were found deceased at the scene of a house fire on Park Avenue West in Highland Park early Wednesday, June 5, 2024, and police canvassed a neighbor, showed her a picture of a man, and asked if she ever saw the man before. (Erik Runge/WGN News). YouTube Tips ⓘ

The Lake County Major Crime Task Force and Highland Park Police are investigating the deaths of two people found outside at a house fire scene.

UPDATE: Suspect in custody …

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office announced today that earlier on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, Highland Park police and firefighters responded to a residential structure fire in the 1700 block of Park Avenue West. After arriving, two adult male victims (who are believed to be related) were located outside of the home with suspicious injuries. Both of the victims were pronounced deceased at the scene. Firefighters extinguished the fire, and no other victims were located inside or outside of the home.

Based on the victims’ injuries, Highland Park Police requested the assistance of the Lake County Major Crime Task Force. According to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, preliminary information indicates the incident is isolated, and that there is no known threat to the community.

The Lake County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene, and autopsies on the victims are underway.

Both the fire and death investigations remain active, and additional information will be released as it is available, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. The afternoon press release did not indicate whether the fire appeared to be intentionally set.


Two people were found deceased at the scene of fire in a one-story home in Highland Park overnight.

Police, firefighters, and paramedics from Highland Park responded about 3:50 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, 2024 to a report of a house fire in the block of 1700 Park Avenue West in Highland Park. A 9-1-1 caller reported that a neighbor’s house had fire showing through the roof. Very large flames were visible from the house.

Firefighters elevated the fire department response to a Confirmed Fire Response by 3:53 a.m.

Battalion 33 reported a single-family home with fire through the roof.

The bodies of the two people were recovered by 3:57 a.m. while firefighters were also working to extinguish the house fire. Their identities were not initially disclosed.

No other injuries were reported.

Park Avenue West was closed between Ridge Road and Sunnyside Avenue in Highland Park.

The Lake County Major Crimes Task Force, and ATF were assigned to the scene to assist local fire investigators with the investigation. The Lake County Coroner’s

The home has been for sale since November 2023.

Firefighters battled a blaze at a home in Highland Park Wednesday morning where two people were found deceased (FOX 32 Chicago). YouTube Tips ⓘ

The information in this article is an early report published before complete summary information was confirmed or released by police or fire authorities.


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