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Body found during garage fire in St. Charles

Firefighters work to extinguish a blaze that engulfed a detached garage in the 400 block of McKinley Street in St. Charles about 7:20 p.m. July 28. A body was later found inside a car in the garage. Photo provided by Batavia resident Kimberly Jacobsen.
Firefighters work to extinguish a blaze that engulfed a detached garage in the 400 block of McKinley Street in St. Charles about 7:20 p.m. July 28. A body was later found inside a car in the garage. Photo provided by Batavia resident Kimberly Jacobsen.

ST. CHARLES – A body was found after the St. Charles Fire Department was dispatched to a reported garage fire at 7:17 p.m. July 28.

Units were on the scene in the 400 block of McKinley Street in St. Charles about 7:20 p.m., finding a fully involved detached garage on fire, stated a news release.

While putting out the fire, firefighters located an "obviously deceased" adult male victim inside a car in the garage. Positive identification is being made by the Kane County coroner, stated the release and Dave Kintz, deputy chief with the St. Charles Police Department.

The house had been occupied.

"We will be looking to see if the deceased was in fact the homeowner," wrote Kintz in an email. "I dont have any details on who that is."

Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control in approximately 20 minutes; however, remained on the scene until 5 a.m. or so July 29 conducting the fire investigation, stated the release, noting the St. Charles Police Department is also conducting a death investigation.

There were no injuries to firefighters. Fire loss is estimated at $100,000 to the structure and contents, stated the release.

The St. Charles Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Geneva, Batavia, Elburn and South Elgin fire departments.

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