Woman, 57, killed in Lake in the Hills house fire

zzer5.jpg

Sun-Times stock photo

A 57-year-old woman died a day after a house fire over the weekend in northwest suburban Lake in the Hills.

Crews responded about 10:45 a.m. Saturday to the blaze at Rachelle Martin’s home in the 300 block of Council Trail, according to Lake in the Hills police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. First responders found the home on fire and attempted to get inside, but discovered the doors were blocked from inside the home.

Firefighters were able to get inside the home, but reported a difficult search due to “hoarder like conditions” inside the home, police said.

Martin suffered burns and smoke inhalation, and was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where she died at 8:36 a.m. Sunday, authorities said. An autopsy Tuesday ruled her death an accident.

The fire remained under investigation on Wednesday.

The Latest
Will Joe Biden still be at the Democratic National Convention? And what’s a delegate anyway? Here’s what to know about the Chicago convention.
Around 1:45 a.m., the 25-year-old man was arguing with someone he knew in the 6100 block of South King Drive when he was shot multiple times in the body, Chicago police said.
The visitor, a college student, did the redecorating while host was away.
The outgoing Cook County state’s attorney has said prosecuting corrupt government officials is a priority, but many of these cases her office has pursued over the past four years have been relatively minor.