HIGHLAND PARK – Two people were found dead after a fire engulfed a home in Highland Park on April 18.
At 1:13 a.m. firefighters from Highland Park and 10 other departments responded to a report of a house fire at 2088 Kipling Lane, according to a news release from the City of Highland Park. Heavy smoke and flames prevented them from entering the home. They worked to extinguish the fire from outside the building, and eventually emergency responders located two bodies.
The Lake County Coroner’s Office was called and responded to the scene around 6 a.m.
Autopsies began at 9:30 a.m. , according to Lake County Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper. “As soon as we have further information regarding identification, we will send another media release,” he said.
The Chicago Tribune reported that the home was owned by an elderly couple.
Highland Park fire personnel are investigating the cause of the fire.
“Through the collective efforts of Highland Park and neighboring fire departments, we were able to contain the fire,” said Fire Chief Larry Amidei. “We are appreciative of the swift response and collaboration of all agencies involved and deeply saddened by the loss of life.”
From the City of Highland Park