Friday, May 5, 2017

1 man found dead in a Berwyn, Illinois home fire

BERWYN, Ill. (WLS) --

Berwyn firefighters and police responded to reports of a fire in the 3300-block of South Home Avenue on Friday afternoon.

Police say there was excessive smoke and fire coming out of the roof and windows.

After firefighters extinguished the blaze, officials say they discovered a body inside the house. The identity of the victim is not known.

Children were evacuated from a day care center next door as a precaution.

Berwyn police and fire officials are still investigating the blaze.


A man was found dead in a Berwyn home following a fire Friday, authorities said.

The man, who had not yet been identified, was pronounced dead at 1:30 p.m. at the scene in the 3300 block of South Home Avenue in the west suburb, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Emergency crews were called to the home late Friday morning following a report of smoke and fire coming from the house, according to a news release from Berwyn police. When police arrived, they saw heavy smoke and fire coming from the roof and some windows.

Firefighters from Berwyn and other area fire departments were able to put out the fire, and when firefighters searched the home, they found the man dead, according to the release.

Police have identified the 64-year-old owner of the home, but had not been able to confirm that he was the man found dead, according to the release.

The Illinois Fire Marshall’s office is working with fire investigators to find the cause of the fire. Police and fire investigators are working together to establish how the man died and his identity.

An autopsy was expected to be performed Saturday.