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Fire Investigation - 1700 block, Park Ave. West

Fire Investigation
1700 block Park Ave. West

UPDATE - 2:45 PM (FROM LAKE COUNTY MAJOR CRIME TASK FORCE)

The Lake County Major Crime Task Force and Highland Park Police are investigating the deaths of two people.

On June 5, 2024, Highland Park’s Police and Fire Departments responded to a residential structure fire in the 1700 block of Park Avenue West.  After arriving, two adult male victims (who are believed to be related) were located outside of the home with suspicious injuries.  Both of the victims were pronounced deceased at the scene.  Firefighters extinguished the fire, and no other victims were located inside or outside of the home.

Based on the victims’ injuries, Highland Park Police requested the assistance of the Lake County Major Crime Task Force.  Based on preliminary information gathered thus far, this incident appears to be isolated, and there is no known threat to the community. 

The Lake County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene, and autopsies on the victims are underway.

Both the fire and death investigations remain active, and additional information will be released as it is available.

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UPDATE - 9:30 AM

Highland Park, Illinois
– On June 5, 2024, at 3:50 am, Highland Park Fire and Police Departments responded to the 1700 block of Park Ave. West for a report of flames coming from the roof of a residence.

Based upon the initial report, Highland Park Battalion Chief 33 upgraded the response bringing additional assistance from neighboring fire departments.

Units first arrived on-scene at 3:55 am, including Battalion Chief 33, Tower Ladder 33, Engine 34, and Ambulance 34. Responding units noted heavy fire conditions from a house that was set back from the road. An officer from Tower Ladder 33 performed a 360 degree size-up around the building, with Engine 34 pulling a line to begin extinguishment. During this initial size-up, two individuals were found deceased. While crews were extinguishing the fire, firefighters made entry through exterior windows to search the survivable areas of the building for additional victims. No other victims have been found at this time.

The fire has been extinguished and an investigation is ongoing in conjunction with the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force. Park Ave West remains closed between Ridge and Sunnyside with a detour established.

In addition to the initial response units from the Highland Park Fire Department, additional units from Highland Park, Glencoe, Lincolnshire Riverwoods, Lake Forest, Deerfield, Northbrook, Northfield, and Long Grove responded to the scene. The MABAS Division 3 Fire Investigation Team and the Office of the State Fire Marshal also responded.

Further information will be shared as it becomes available.

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Highland Park, Illinois
– On June 5, 2024, at 3:50 am, Highland Park Fire and Police Departments responded to the 1700 block of Park Ave. West for a report of flames coming from the roof of a residence. The fire has been extinguished and an investigation is ongoing. Park Ave West is closed between Ridge and Sunnyside a detour has been established at Ridge Rd and Park Ave W (below).

Further information will be shared as it becomes available.
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