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Article updated: 3/8/2013 10:00 PM

Two dead in McHenry in separate incidents

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Two people were found dead early Friday morning in separate incidents in the Lakeland Park subdivision in McHenry -- one after a house fire, the other after high levels of carbon monoxide were found in another home, officials said.

In the first incident, a 12-year-old girl died after emergency responders got a call about 1:20 a.m. about a fire in a home on the 4500 block of West Parkway Avenue, officials said.

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When firefighters arrived, the home was engulfed in fire, according to a news release from McHenry police and the McHenry Township Fire Protection District.

The girl's mother, father and brothers were able to escape from the home. After the fire was extinguished, the girl was found inside the home.

The girl was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:45 a.m.; smoke inhalation was determined to be the cause of death, McHenry County Coroner Anne Majewski said in a news release.

The victim was identified as Dayana Garcia, a seventh-grader at Parkland Elementary School, ABC 7 reported.

The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing, officials said.

In the second incident, Carlos Arenas-Rodriguez, 20, died from carbon monoxide intoxication after running a gas-powered generator inside a home, the coroner's office said.

Emergency responders were called at 2:35 a.m. for a medical emergency, police said.

High levels of carbon monoxide were found in the home, and Arenas-Rodriguez was taken to Centegra Northern Illinois Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, officials said.

Two residents of the home were treated at the scene; four other residents left before responders arrived.

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