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Woman dies after being rescued from house fire in Algonquin

Firefighters extinguish a house fire that left a woman dead in the 1-100 block of Alice Lane in Algonqun Thursday afternoon | Photo: Alex Vucha.

A 59-year-old woman rescued from her burning home in Algonquin Thursday has died in the hospital, the medical examiner said.

Barbara Yerkes, 59, died around 9:03 a.m. Friday at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District responded around 3:02 p.m. Thursday to the 1-100 block of Alice Lane in Algonquin for a report of a structure fire.

Fire crews arrived on scene in approximately one minute after being dispatched and found a ranch-style home with heavy fire coming from the front of the structure.

Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District Deputy Chief John Knebl said that crews initiated an aggressive interior attack and searched for Yerkes, who was reported to still be inside the home.

“Crews encountered a difficult search due to hoarder like conditions of the home and the large volume of smoke and fire,” Knebl said in a statement.

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Firefighters rescued the woman from the home around 3:20 p.m. and transported her by ambulance to Northwestern Medicine Hospital in Huntley with life-threatening injuries.

Yerkes was then transferred by helicopter to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood where she died the following day, Knebl said.

No firefighters were injured. Firefighters from Cary, Carpentersville, East Dundee, Palatine, McHenry, Huntley, Crystal Lake, Barrington-Countryside and Fox River Grove assisted.

A memorial visitation is being held on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 3-5 p.m. at Willow Funeral Home and Cremation Care, 1415 W. Algonquin Road in Algonquin.

Yerkes leaves behind a husband, two daughters and three grandchildren, her obituary said.

The cause of the fire, which is not believed to be suspicious, is under investigation by the Algonquin Police Department, Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District and the Office of the State Fire Marshall.


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