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Widow dies in Orland Park house fire

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Mrs. Demma

 
A 71-year-old Orland Park widow died earlier this week of injuries sustained in a fire that broke out in her home on Monday afternoon.
Lenore Kraus Demma was pronounced dead at 1:20 a.m. Tuesday at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, according to a spokesman for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. She had been transported to LUMC on Monday from Palos Hospital, where she was brought in critical condition, suffering from burns and smoke inhalation, according to a spokesman for the Orland Fire Protection District.
Officials said at about 3:30 p.m. Monday, OFPD received a 911 call from Mrs. Demma—who lived in the 15400 block of South Primrose Court—“reporting a fire and that she was unable to get out. Three minutes after that call was placed, Engine 2 and Ambulance 2 were on the scene.”
An OFPD crew searched for Mrs. Demma, finding her in a bedroom of the 46-year-old single-family home. She was carried from the house with immediate treatment started in the front yard.
Using a fire hydrant mere steps from the dwelling, firefighters extinguished the blaze quickly. The fire itself was confined to one bedroom, although smoke billowed throughout the home. 
Two Orland Park police officers were treated and transported to Palos Hospital for smoke inhalation after entering the smoke-filled home to locate the woman. 
Mrs. Demma’s dog was located by firefighters, removed in good condition, and is being cared for neighbors, an OFPD spokesman said. The home had working smoke detectors which were blaring when firefighters arrived.
 The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, officials added. OFPD was assisted on scene by Oak Forest, Tinley Park, and Palos Heights firefighters with several other area departments covering Orland stations during the fire.
According to her Facebook page, Mrs. Demma was a 1963 graduate of Maria High School in Chicago. In recent years, she opened her own online store—selling home accessories and gift items. Her late husband of 49 years, Carl, a retired Chicago policeman, preceded her in death, in 2012.
Funeral services for Mrs. Demma are set for Saturday morning from Thornridge Funeral Home, 14318 S. LaGrange Road, to a Mass at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 9300 W. 167th St., Orland Hills.

 
 

 

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