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Coroner IDs man who died in Harvard house fire

Randall A. Hanson, 63, died Thursday

A man boards up the second-story window of a home in the 400 block of East Blackman Street in Harvard. A 63-year-old man died about 3 a.m. Thursday in a house fire at the residence.
A man boards up the second-story window of a home in the 400 block of East Blackman Street in Harvard. A 63-year-old man died about 3 a.m. Thursday in a house fire at the residence.

The McHenry County coroner has identified a man who died last week in a Harvard house fire.

Randall A. Hanson, 63, died Thursday. A preliminary autopsy shows that the man suffered from thermal and inhalation injuries, the coroner said.

Hanson was pronounced dead at the scene about 4 a.m.

Harvard police and fire officials responded about 3:15 a.m. to the 400 block of East Blackman Street for a reported fire that had begun in the basement of the home, officials said.

A 10-year-old boy, 14-year-old girl and 55-year-old woman escaped the fire, police said.

The fire caused about $75,000 in damage and appears to have been an accident because of careless smoking, police said.

The incident remains under investigation.

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