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Published on March 04, 2024
Man, 61, Perishes in Overnight House Fire in Worth, Chicago SuburbSource: Ejoseph504, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

A devastating fire claimed the life of a man in the southwest Chicago suburb of Worth in the early hours of Monday. According to authorities, 61-year-old David Kuzavinis was unable to escape the blaze that tore through his single-story home near 108th Street and 71st Court.

The North Palos Fire Protection District, which responded after the fire ignited post-midnight, confirmed the fatality. While the flames were extinguished, the loss of Kuzavinis marks a somber moment for the community. Firefighters and emergency personnel were on the scene, navigating the quiet residential area turned sudden inferno, as reported by CBS Chicago.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office has since identified the victim. Residents of the area awoke to the tragic news, while fire investigators began the arduous task of combing through ashes and char, seeking answers to the cause of this deadly event. No other injuries have been reported in connection with the incident.

Meanwhile, the State Fire Marshal has taken the helm of the investigation, picking apart the remnants of the home in search of clues. The fire's origin remains under investigation, with no immediate information on what may have sparked the deadly blaze. Officials are expected to provide updates as the inquiry progresses, as ABC7 Chicago notes. The community now mourns a neighbor, as questions linger in the smoke-tinged air of Worth's recent tragedy.