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Coroner: Algonquin woman died from smoke, soot inhalation

Huntley firefighters investigate a fatal fire Friday at 1020 Grayhawk Drive in Algonquin.
Huntley firefighters investigate a fatal fire Friday at 1020 Grayhawk Drive in Algonquin.

ALGONQUIN – A preliminary autopsy on a woman who died in an Algonquin house fire Friday showed that she died of soot and smoke inhalation, according to a news release sent Monday from the McHenry County coroner.

The Huntley Fire Protection District and Algonquin Police Department responded to a fire about
1:40 p.m. Friday. Extensive smoke damage occurred in the home, and Rosemary Schwieger, 72, was pronounced dead at the scene, 1020 Grayhawk Drive, Algonquin, officials said.

The coroner conducted an autopsy Monday and found that Schwieger died from soot and smoke inhalation.

A second woman was taken to Centegra Hospital – Huntley for smoke inhalation, and a third was treated and released at the scene.

Algonquin, Rutland-Dundee, Carpentersville, Woodstock and Fox River Grove fire units also responded.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Huntley Fire Protection District, the Algonquin Police Department and the McHenry County Coroner’s Office.

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