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One person dead in Spring Grove fire from Thursday morning

One person, a man in his 60s, was home when fire took place

A fire in Spring Grove early Thursday morning, July 14, 2022, left one person dead and destroyed a house in the 900 block of Main Street Road.

A fire early Thursday in Spring Grove left one Spring Grove man dead and the house destroyed, officials said.

The fire report was called in about 2:45 a.m. Thursday, with the Spring Grove Fire Protection District equipment arriving to a “fully involved structure” in the 900 block of Main Street Road, which sits near the intersection of Wilmot Road and Main Street, according to a news release Thursday from the district. After arriving, Spring Grove called for assistance.

Jozef Wisniewski, 68, was identified Friday afternoon in a news release from the McHenry County Coroner’s office. He the only person home when the fire happened, Fox Lake Fire Protection District Deputy Fire Chief Ed Lescher said.

Wisniewski was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the release. There will be an autopsy done Monday.

The house, which was engulfed in flames when officials arrived, was destroyed, Lescher said.

“The house is a total loss,” he said.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by Fox Lake, Spring Grove and the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal, Lescher said.

Departments that helped were from Richmond, McHenry, Wonder Lake, Grayslake, Woodstock, Lake Zurich, Gurnee, Antioch, Twin Lakes, Nunda, Fox River Grove, Cary, Harvard, Lake Villa, Barrington Countryside, Round Lake, Wauconda, Winthrop Harbor, Newport, Crystal Lake and Lincolnshire-Riverwoods, according to the Spring Grove news release.

Several departments from Wisconsin also assisted: Randall, Salem Lakes, Bloomfield, Wheatland, Linn, Bristol and Lake Geneva, according to the release.

A fire in Spring Grove early Thursday morning, July 14, 2022, left one person dead and destroyed a house in the 900 block of Main Street Road.