Teen hospitalized after he was pulled from suburban house fire

GRAYSLAKE, Ill. --A 17-year-old boy was hospitalized after he was rescued from a burning home in Grayslake on Tuesday morning.

Just after 12:30 a.m., Brad Mohlman was pulling into his driveway in the 400 block of Normandy Lane in Grayslake when he saw and smelled smoke.

Police were called to the scene.

The teen’s sister and grandmother made it out of the house.  The girl told Brad her brother was still inside.

“His sister came running saying, ‘Zack's in the house! Brad can you help us? Can you help us? and that's when I ran over.”

Brad, along with a trio of Grayslake police officers tried for more than 10 minutes to get inside and finally made the rescue.

Grayslake’s police chief says the officers went into the home, crouched down, formed a chain, and went up some stairs until they found the teen.

The officers were treated for smoke inhalation.

Witnesses say the 17-year-old boy was still alive but barely breathing.

“I don't know how he was even making those sounds in there,” Brad said. “(I was) gasping for air, yet the second I breathed in a little, it was so sharp and so strong I had to get out instantly.”

The state fire marshall's office is still investigating the cause, but police believe the fire could have started in a dryer vent.

The teen was taken to the hospital, then transferred to Loyola in extremely critical condition.

“I just hope to god he's OK. That's all I can say,” Brad said.