Carpentersville woman dead after early morning house fire

Editor's note: The spelling of the victim's name in this story has been corrected.

A 65-year-old Carpentersville woman is dead after an early morning fire Wednesday that destroyed her home.

Authorities said Linda Norstrom wasn't able to escape the blaze on the 700 block of Papoose Road because of medical problems and mobility issues.

Firefighters attempted to locate and rescue Norstrom when they arrived but were unsuccessful, officials said.

Firefighters said her husband, Robert, was able to escape the fire, which was reported at 2:45 a.m., without injury. The one-story house was considered a total loss, fire officials said.

Family Services Association of Greater Elgin is working with the husband to find him shelter and basic necessities.

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

  Workers secure the scene of an early Wednesday morning fatal fire in the 700 block of Papoose Road in Carpentersville. Brian Hill/
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