Coroner identifies 68-year-old man killed in completely engulfed house fire in Fox Lake

A death inquest is ongoing after a man in his 60s was found dead in a house fire on the 900 block of Main Street in Fox Lake early Thursday morning. | Photo: Alex Vucha/Lake and McHenry County Scanner

The coroner’s office has released the identity of a 68-year-old man who died inside his Fox Lake home after it was engulfed in flames Thursday morning.

The Spring Grove Fire Protection District responded at approximately 2:46 a.m. Thursday in the Main Street and Wilmot Road area of ​​Spring Grove to a structural fire report.

The fire district said crews found a fully engulfed house fire in the 900 block of Main Street.

Because the house was on the north side of the street, it turned out to be in Fox Lake, not Spring Grove.

A death inquest is ongoing after a man in his 60s was found dead in a house fire on the 900 block of Main Street in Fox Lake early Thursday morning. | Photo: Alex Vucha/Lake and McHenry County Scanner

The mutual aid box’s alarm system was activated at the third level of alarm due to a lack of fire hydrants in the area, the fire district said.

The enhanced alarm level prompted a response from more than two dozen fire departments, including some departments in Wisconsin.

The flames had engulfed the single-family residence and left much of it destroyed.

After the fire was extinguished, firefighters discovered a deceased person inside the rubble, McHenry County Coroner Dr. Michael Rein told Lake and McHenry County Scanner.

On Friday, Rein identified the victim as Jozef K. Wisniewski, 68, who resided at the residence.

Fox Lake Police Chief Jimmy Lee said Wisniewski was found near a sliding door and appeared to have attempted to exit the residence.

No one else was inside the residence at the time of the fire.

A death inquest is ongoing after a man in his 60s was found dead in a house fire on the 900 block of Main Street in Fox Lake early Thursday morning. | Photo: Alex Vucha/Lake and McHenry County Scanner

The Illinois State Office of the Fire Marshal was called to the scene to assist the Fox Lake Fire Protection District and the Fox Lake Police Department with the investigation.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday on the victim. No further details were available as to whether or not the death was suspicious.

Illinois Fire Departments assisting at the scene were Richmond, McHenry, Wonder Lake, Grayslake, Woodstock, Lake Zurich, Gurnee, Antioch, Nunda-Rural, Fox River Grove, Cary, Lake Villa, Barrington-Countryside , Round Lake, Wauconda, Winthrop Harbor, Newport, Crystal Lake, Woodstock and Lincolnshire-Riverwoods.

Wisconsin fire departments that attended the scene included Twin Lakes, Randall, Salem Lakes, Bloomfield, Wheatland, Linn, Bristol and Lake Geneva.

The incident is still under investigation by the McHenry County Coroner’s Office, the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Fox Lake Fire Protection District and the Dept. Fox Lake Police Department.

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