Elderly couple killed, police officer injured in Mokena house fire
An elderly couple was killed, and a police officer was injured, in a house fire in Mokena.
The blaze broke-out at the home at Magnolia and Catalpa around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.
The couple was in their 80s, but their identities haven’t been released. The man had health problems, and relied on oxygen tanks.
One of the victims was found in a hallway, and the other in a bedroom.
Frankfort Township Fire Protection firefighters and Mokena police officers tried to rescue the couple, but couldn’t get to them in time.
“It’s a shame to hear,” said neighbor Kristin Bajarunas.
A policeman suffered smoke inhalation, and was treated and released from a hospital.
An investigation is underway into what sparked the fire.
WGN News Writer C. Hayes helped publish this story.