UPDATED: Fire that killed Villa Park woman, dog not being investigated as suspicious
Officials at the DuPage County Coroner’s Office identified the victim of Sunday’s Villa Park apartment fire as 58-year old Kathleen Hoffman.
AT 11:16 a.m. Sunday morning Villa Park fire crews responded to a report of a structure fire in the apartment complex at 318 N. Princeton Ave. where they found Hoffman unresponsive on the floor of her first-story unit, said Villa Park fire chief Ron Rakosnik. A dog was also killed in the fire.
Rakosnik said firefighters believe the fire started in the home’s kitchen and the incident is not being investigated as suspicious.
Neighbors living in the other apartments of the four-unit building heard fire alarms, smelled smoke and self-evacuated, he said. Hoffman’s husband was away at church when fire crews responded.
The fire was contained to one unit of the apartment building, but residents of all four units were displaced because the fire department shut off the utilities, Rakosnik said.
Damage is estimated at $150,000 to the structure and $50,000 to the home’s contents.
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