68-year-old Gregory Gauvain was killed, and his wife and a Good Samaritan were injured after a house fire in Round Lake Park last week, fire officials said.
The Grayslake Fire Protection District responded at 11:55 p.m. Thursday to a possible structure fire in the 2500 block of Lippizan Lane in Round Lake Park.
Before firefighters arrived, there was a report of a man trapped inside the home and a woman injured outside the home. Fire crews arrived and found smoke showing from a one-story home.
A 73-year-old Good Samaritan, who lives nearby, suffered smoke inhalation when he tried rescuing Gauvain, who was trapped inside the home.
Firefighters entered the home and found Gauvain and paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene. His wife, who had already escaped the home, suffered burn injuries and smoke inhalation. She was transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville in stable condition.
The Good Samaritan was also treated at Advocate Condell Medical Center. He has since been released.
Lake County Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper confirmed that Gauvain died from injuries related to the fire. Fire officials said that the couple lived at the home, which is located in the Saddlebrook Farms subdivision where only people 55 years old and over are allowed to live.
The fire was deemed under control at 12:22 a.m. The cause of the fire, which is not believed to be suspicious in nature, is still under investigation by the Illinois State Fire Marshall’s Office and the Lake County Coroner’s Office.
The Grayslake Fire Protection District was assisted by the Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District, Mundelein Fire Department and the Wauconda Protection District.