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Man Found Dead In SW Side Home After Fire

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CHICAGO (STMW) — The death of a 46-year-old man who was found dead in a Southwest Side home after a fire Saturday night has been ruled accidental, caused by the fire, an autopsy has determined.

Kenneth Jurinek, 46, was found after emergency crews responded to a fire in his home in the 8500 block of South Knox Avenue about 5:25 p.m., authorities said.

The fire was extinguished in 20 minutes, and the man was found dead during a search of the home, Fire Media Affairs said.

Jurinek was taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers in Evergreen Park, where he was pronounced dead at 6:16 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

An autopsy on Sunday found that he died of carbon monoxide intoxication from inhalation of smoke and soot from a house fire, and his death was ruled an accident, the medical examiner’s office said.

Chicago Police and the Chicago Fire Department continue to investigate the fire.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2013. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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