73-year-old dies in Elgin fire

January 11, 2008 2:09:59 PM PST
Northwest suburban fire investigators are trying to find the source of a deadly fire in south Elgin.Edwin Kudsk, 73, was killed in the fire which broke out Friday just after 4 a.m. in a home along Kenilworth Avenue.

Neighbors say the man's wife made it out of the home ok, but her husband was still inside when emergency crews arrived.

Firefighters say flames were coming from the windows and the roof and they heard two small explosions from oxygen tanks inside the home.

It took crews just a few minutes to put out the fire and find the Edwin Kudsk was pronounced dead on the scene. Fire officials say he used a walker or wheelchair to get around.

The cause of the fire appears to be accidental.