OAK LAWN, Ill. (STMW) — A second woman has died following a house fire that killed a 73-year-old woman early Saturday in the 10100 block of Lawrence Court, Oak Lawn Fire Chief George Sheets said Tuesday night at the village board meeting.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office identified her as 74-year-old Mary Bruce. She was pronounced dead at 11:03 a.m. at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, the medical examiner’s office said.
On Saturday, firefighters found Kathryn Lomec dead on her living room couch after they responded to a fire at her house about 2:40 a.m., authorities said.
They said Lomec’s caretaker was found unconscious and lying in a hallway and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in critical condition.
Sheets said earlier that the fire was contained to the living room and extinguished quickly, and one firefighter suffered an elbow injury. He said smoke alarms inside the home were not functioning.
The cause of the fire has not been determined, and Oak Lawn fire investigators and the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s office are investigating.
(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2014. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)