CHICAGO (CBS) — A 70-year-old Hickory Hills man died a day after he was injured in a fire Friday in southwest suburban Joliet.
Joliet police and fire were dispatched about 9:45 p.m. to a home in the 1100 block of Charlesworth Avenue where a fire was reported with someone still inside, according to Joliet police.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: More Storms Possible This Weekend
Police entered the home and found a man who had been severely burned, police said.
The man was removed from the home and taken to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox with life-threatening injuries, police said. He was later transferred to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood.READ MORE: Boards Used To Protect Businesses During Last Summer's Unrest Now Painted And On Display At DuSable Museum Of African American History
Donnie Creal, 70, who lived at the home, was pronounced dead at 12:36 p.m. Saturday, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. An autopsy Sunday found he died of thermal injuries from the fire.
A police officer was also taken to Silver Cross Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, police said. He has since been released.
Police said a propane heater was believed to cause the fire.MORE NEWS: Chicago Police Officer Owns Englewood Home That Was Location Of Deadly Mass Shooting
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