Elderly couple killed in Addison house fire

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
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An elderly couple was killed in a house fire in west suburban Addison.

ADDISON, Ill. (WLS) -- An elderly couple was found dead after a fire in west suburban Addison Monday morning, fire officials said.

The Addison Fire Protection District responded at a house fire in the 700-block of South Ellsworth Avenue at about 2:27 a.m.

A truck driver noticed the flames first and called 911. When Addison firefighters arrived, things escalated quickly.

"There was power line down in the driveway that was live, so it inhibited our ability to go down the driveway and make entry to the back, so they made an entry to the front and as you can see a lot of structural damage," said Addison Deputy Fire Chief Scott Walker.

Fire officials said the fire started in the kitchen area of the one-story ranch-style home and the smoke spread fast.

"Someone drive by and seen the fire so it already burned through the roof so this fire was burning for a significant amount of time before anyone knew it happened," Deputy Chief Walker said.

A partial roof collapse made it difficult for firefighters to make their way inside the home. After clearing debris, firefighters discovered the elderly couple dead inside the home.

"Initially, when our crews got in, we could not find anybody. As we progressed, we did find two fire victims in the rear of the structure in one of the back bedrooms," said Addison Fire Protection District Deputy Chief Scott Walker.

Authorities have not released the identities of the man and woman who were killed.

Neighbors said the couple inside had trouble moving around, and often used a golf cart to get around. Officials said a walker was found near the woman inside, she may have been handicapped.

What they did not find were any working smoke detectors.