Woman killed in Calumet City house fire

2012-01-02T23:00:00Z 2012-01-02T23:16:52Z Woman killed in Calumet City house fireBy Lindsay Machak lindsay.machak@nwi.com, (219) 933-3246 nwitimes.com

CALUMET CITY | A woman died after she wasn't able to escape a home fire Monday, officials said.

Elizabeth Klimczak, 66, died after a fire blazed through a room in her home, a spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner's office said.

The fire was confined mostly to one room in the one-story house in the 400 block of Buffalo Avenue, Deputy Fire Chief Rich Banske said.

The cause is under investigation. Officials responded to the fire around 2 p.m. Monday and were able to rescue a man, but the woman didn't make it out, Banske said.

Klimczak was pronounced dead at Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey at 2:57 p.m. An autopsy is expected to be performed Tuesday, according to the medical examiner's office.

The man was taken to Franciscan St. Margaret Health hospital in Hammond to be treated for injuries, Banske said.

"He had some burns, nothing life-threatening," he said.

Fire officials were waiting for the state fire marshal to arrive on scene Monday night. But officials did not have any reason to suspect foul play, Banske said.

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