The coroner’s office has released the identity of a 71-year-old man who died after firefighters rescued him from a house fire in Lake Forest on Friday.
A preliminary autopsy showed the death of Denis Specketer, 71, of Lake Forest, was consistent with a fire-related death, according to Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek.
The Lake Forest Police Department and Lake Forest Fire Department responded around 1 a.m. Friday to the 200 block of Noble Avenue in Lake Forest.
Police officers arrived and found smoke coming from the residence. They also found one person who was still inside the home.
Lake Forest Fire Chief Peter Siebert said firefighters rescued a disabled man, later identified as Specketer, from the home and he was in cardiac arrest.
Paramedics transported Specketer to Northwestern Medicine Hospital in Lake Forest where he was pronounced dead, Siebert said.
Firefighters pulled a hose line but did not flow any water due to the small nature of the fire.
The fire was contained to a garbage can. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Siebert said.
The Lake County Coroner’s Office said Specketer’s cause of death is pending further testing and toxicology studies.