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Fatal house fire in Oak Lawn

For the second time this month, there were multiple fatalities from an Oak Lawn house fire. has this report:

The South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force helped local police conduct a criminal investigation Wednesday. Three people are dead after a house fire in Oak Lawn. Police said two bodies were found in the home in the 9800 block of 51st Avenue. A source familiar with the investigation reports another man fatally shot himself in a car in the garage as firefighters responded to the call.

The source said the fire was being investigated as arson. The source also said the individual inside the car was alive with the engine running when “an alert firefighter” arrived to investigate the blaze, but then shot himself moments later.

The fire began a few minutes after 5 a.m., according to Oak Lawn police Division Chief Michael Kaufmann. The victims were not discovered until later. Kaufmann did not reveal the identities, genders or ages of the deceased.

The fire was out as of 9 a.m., though firefighters were still cleaning up hot spots as of 10 a.m. Police officers, evidence technicians and vehicles from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office were also on scene.

Detectives said there is likely more evidence inside the home, but they will have some challenges getting to it. The roof and floor of the home collapsed in the blaze. Investigators sifted through the debris late Wednesday morning, wading through a basement filled with water.

“All indications and information being provided to the Oak Lawn Police Department would seem to point to an intentional setting and criminal conduct resulting in the death of at least two individuals,” Oak Lawn village manager Larry Deetjen said.

Fire officials said they do not know the cause of the blaze as of noon on Wednesday.

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Fatal Oak Lawn fire claims 2nd victim

CBS Chicago has an article about a house fire in Oak Lawn last week that resulted in one fatality and one serious injury. They are now reporting that the injured person has also died.

 A second woman has died following a house fire that killed a 73-year-old woman early Saturday in the 10100 block of Lawrence Court, Oak Lawn Fire Chief George Sheets said Tuesday night at the village board meeting.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office identified her as 74-year-old Mary Bruce. She was pronounced dead at 11:03 a.m. at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, the medical examiner’s office said.

On Saturday, firefighters found Kathryn Lomec dead on her living room couch after they responded to a fire at her house about 2:40 a.m., authorities said. They said Lomec’s caretaker was found unconscious and lying in a hallway and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in critical condition.

Sheets said earlier that the fire was contained to the living room and extinguished quickly, and one firefighter suffered an elbow injury. He said smoke alarms inside the home were not functioning. The cause of the fire has not been determined, and Oak Lawn fire investigators and the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s office are investigating.

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