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JOLIET TOWNSHIP, Ill. (CBS) — Medical records were needed to identify a 75-year-old man who was killed in a Joliet Township house fire on Christmas morning.

The Will County Coroner’s office said medical and surgical records were used Tuesday to confirm the identity of Charles King, 75.

East Joliet Fire Protection District Chief Robert Scholtes said a woman — King’s wife — was on the porch roof of the home when firefighters and Will County Sheriff’s Police arrived at the scene at 823 Greenfield Ave. about 3 a.m. Sunday

The two departments worked together to extend a ladder to rescue her. She was taken to Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet for treatment. The extent of her injuries was not learned.

But firefighters had trouble getting to the woman’s husband.

Fire crews had to leave the house due to heavy smoke.

There were no hydrants in the unincorporated area, but firefighters were able to stretch hose to reach a hydrant at Rowell Avenue and New Lenox Road, Scholtes said.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.