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Authorities identify man who died in apartment fire in St. Charles

David Hawksley, 60, was pronounced dead at the scene

ST. CHARLES – Authorities have identified the man who died in an apartment fire Sunday in St. Charles.

David Hawksley, 60, of 104 S. Third Ave., was pronounced dead at 7:47 a.m. at the scene, according to a press release from Kane County Coroner Rob Russell. An autopsy was performed on Monday and is pending further investigation. Toxicology samples were sent to the forensic laboratory for analysis, the press release stated.

"From what I understand, he had cancer, and had trouble moving around," Russell said. "At this point, there is no obvious signs of foul play, but we have to wait for the fire report."

Fire officials continue to investigate the cause of the fire, St. Charles Fire Chief Joe Schelstreet said. It was the city's first fire connected to a fatality in several years, Schelstreet said.

Firefighters arrived at 104 S. Third Ave. at 7:32 a.m. – two minutes after a resident in the downstairs apartment discovered heavy smoke on the second floor and called for help, Schelstreet said.

That man was able to exit safely, Schelstreet said. 

Upon arrival, smoke was showing from a second-floor window, and firefighters found a fire in the second-floor unit, Schelstreet said. The fire was brought under control in about 15 minutes, Schelstreet said.

Loss was estimated at $50,000. Schelstreet said both rental units cannot be occupied.

No firefighters were reported injured.

The St. Charles Fire Department was assisted by units from Geneva, Batavia and West Chicago at the scene. Units from Elburn and Fermilab provided coverage while St. Charles units were committed to the fire.

Reporter Ashley Sloboda contributed to this report.

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