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12-year-old girl killed in northwest suburban house fire

Updated: March 8, 2013 3:56PM

A 12-year-old girl was killed in a fire early Friday that destroyed a home in northwest suburban McHenry.

Other family members were able to safely escape the blaze that started about 1:20 a.m. at a home in the 4500 block of West Parkway Avenue in McHenry, authorities said.

Firefighters found the girl in an upstairs bedroom, according to McHenry Township Fire Protection District Deputy Chief Rudy Horist. She was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:45 a.m.

An autopsy determined she died from smoke inhalation, according to the McHenry County coroner’s office. Her identity was not being released as of Friday afternoon.

The girl’s mother, father and brothers managed to escape the fire unharmed, authorities said.

The roof and floors of the single-family home collapsed during the blaze, and the “heavily damaged” home was left uninhabitable, Horist said. The American Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the family.

The home was in an area of the city with an older water system and firefighters called for a second alarm and assistance from tanker trucks, he said.

Firefighters from Cary, Wonder Lake, Richmond, Fox Lake and Woodstock assisted in the firefighting efforts, according to a joint release from the McHenry police and fire departments.

The state fire marshal’s office are aiding in investigating the cause of the blaze, Horist said. The coroner’s office said foul play is not suspected.

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