Second man dies as result of West Chicago house fire

 
Updated 4/21/2019 10:48 AM
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  • A second man has died as a result of injuries suffered Wednesday when fire swept through this home in 100 block of West Grand Lake Boulevard in West Chicago, authorities confirmed Sunday.

      A second man has died as a result of injuries suffered Wednesday when fire swept through this home in 100 block of West Grand Lake Boulevard in West Chicago, authorities confirmed Sunday. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

A second man has died as a result of injuries suffered in a fire that gutted a West Chicago home Wednesday.

Richard Henning, 92, was pronounced dead Friday at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where he'd been taken after flames swept through the home in the 100 block of West Grand Lake Boulevard, the Cook County medical examiner reported Sunday.

The medical examiner said he died of "thermal and inhalation injuries due to a house fire."

The fire also claimed the life of 52-year-old Brian Bachman of Winfield. Bachman was found dead in a rear bedroom Wednesday night.

Firefighters from the West Chicago Fire Protection District called to the home at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday arrived to find a significant amount of fire throughout the two-story residence, officials said.

Two men and a woman were inside the house when the fire started, officials said. The woman escaped before emergency crews arrived.

Henning was found in a second-floor bedroom, according to the fire district, and pulled from the flames by firefighters who brought him out a window.

No firefighters were injured battling the blaze. A police officer was treated for heat exhaustion.

Fire Chief Patrick Tanner said the fire started in an enclosed porch at the front of the house. Investigators were unable to determine what sparked the blaze because of the damage to the porch, but the fire has been ruled accidental, Tanner said.

The DuPage County Fire Investigative Task Force, Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal and DuPage County coroner's office were called to assist in the investigation.

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