Man injured in Hammond house fire dies

2013-05-05T19:45:00Z 2013-05-06T11:45:04Z Man injured in Hammond house fire diesElvia Malagon elvia.malagon@nwi.com, (219) 933-3246 nwitimes.com

HAMMOND | A Hammond man injured in a house fire in the 4300 block of Torrence Avenue died late Saturday, officials said.

Roy Krieger, 85, died at the University of Chicago Medical Center from carbon monoxide and smoke inhalation, the Cook County medical examiner's office said.

The death was ruled accidental.

Krieger was one of three residents pulled from the fire Saturday about 3:58 p.m., the Hammond Fire Department said.

Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Margraf said radio traffic indicated people were trapped inside the house. He said investigators and the state fire marshal's office will be back on the scene Monday to determine what started the fire.

Krieger initially was taken to Franciscan St. Margaret Health hospital in Hammond and later airlifted to University of Chicago Medical Center. A 55-year-old woman and 11-year-old boy from the house were airlifted to the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Margraf on Sunday could not provide an update on the condition of the woman and boy.

On Sunday, the house was boarded up and black soot was visible around the windows.

Gary Jamrock, 52, lives near the home and said he and a neighbor saw smoke coming from the house Saturday.

Jamrock and another neighbor went to the house and saw the 11-year-old boy climbing out a window and helped him get out of the house. Jamrock said he opened the door and yelled inside but didn't hear a response.

He backed away when the flames started to grow larger. He said it appeared the fire was concentrated in the living room area, but smoke was seen coming out all of the windows.

"I'm just glad I was able to help," he said. "It just happened so fast."

Jamrock said Krieger lived in the house for more than 10 years. He said Krieger was quiet and didn't come out of the house much.

After the fire, Jamrock grabbed a bicycle outside the house that he had sold to the 11-year-old boy. He's storing it in his garage for him.

"It might be the only thing the kid has left," he said.

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