BARRINGTON, Ill. (CBS) — A 52-year-old man has died after being found unconscious in his burning home in Barrington.
The fire at 411 June Terrace was reported just after 6 a.m. Friday, police said. When firefighters arrived on the scene and began fighting the blaze, they found the man unconscious in the basement, police said.
First responders tried to resuscitate the man, but he did not survive. His name is not being released pending the notification of his family.
Barrington police Chief Jerry Libit said the victim was retired and lived alone in the home, the chief said.
The home is part of a residential duplex and no one else was injured, although the buildings were heavily damaged, police said.
It was not known if there were working smoke detectors, according to Libit, who said police have been called to the complex of four buildings several times.
“We have had prior incidents. They run the gamut from verbal disputes to fights to medical assistance to building code violations and dog complaints,’’ Libit said. Fire code violations were never found.
As of late Friday, the building’s walls remained up, but the windows were broken out, there was charring, and ventilation holes were cut in the roof and the walls.
Police and the Lake County Coroner’s office are investigating.
The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.