Elderly woman found dead in burning Woodstock home - KMSP-TV

Elderly woman found dead in burning Woodstock home

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WOODSTOCK, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

An elderly woman was found dead after a northwest suburban home was destroyed by fire Thursday evening.

About 7:30 p.m., the Woodstock Fire Rescue District responded to a fire at a one-and-a-half story home in the 500 block of East Kimball Avenue in Woodstock.

Firefighters saw flames throughout the first floor extending into the attic, a statement from Woodstock Fire Rescue Chief Ralph Webster said. Neighbors told firefighters that someone might still be inside because they had heard sounds from the back of the house.

Firefighters began a search, but were hampered by heavy flames and high heat, and when the fire spread to the attic, they were forced out of the building, Webster said.

They re-entered a short time later and found 73-year-old Anita Kohl dead inside the home before the fire was extinguished about 8:30 p.m., according to a fire department statement.

An autopsy performed Friday was inconclusive pending further studies but "revealed no findings suspicious for foul play," according to the McHenry County Coroner's office.

Woodstock police and the State Fire Marshall are investigating. Officials think the fire started in the room where Kohl lived.

Firefighters had some problems due to icy roads and snow blocking fire hydrants, but Webster said those issues did not delay firefighting efforts.

No one else was hurt.

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