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Coroner Rules on Cause of Deaths in Fatal Fire

Tom Lambert, 57, and Jan Lambert, 56, died in a house fire on Dec. 18 on Field Court in Naperville.

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A Naperville couple died from "thermal inhalation injuries" after breathing in the hot and smoke-filled air from a fire that started in their home on Dec. 18, according to the Daily Herald. 

The DuPage County coroner's office determined the deaths of Tom Lambert, 57, and Jan Lambert, 56, were accidental, according to the article. The fire started on the first floor toward the back of the home but investigators have not been able to determine the exact cause of the blaze, the Daily Herald reports. 

Fire officials responded to the Lamberts' two-story home at 1212 Field Court around 6:50 a.m. Crews responded to the scene within three minutes, bringing a total of 13 emergency vehicles, seven chief officers as well as a heavy rescue squad, according to the fire department. 

Neighboring residents were evacuated from their home due to the risk of a ruptured natural gas line, but they were not injured.

Within 10 minutes of arriving to the scene, "fire personnel were removed from the building due to concern of a possible structural collapse," according to the fire department.  

Firefighters discovered the bodies once they were able to re-enter the home. 

A 21-year-old caregiver living at the Lamberts' home, Allen Belaguas of Orland Park, was critically injured in the fire and the Daily Herald reports doctors have said his chances of recovery "are slim" while Tom Lambert's father and sister were able to escape the blaze with only minor injuries. 

Read more on the Daily Herald. 

Gerard Schilling February 01, 2014 at 06:42 AM
Let's stop the carnage and demand that Naperville who against all reason and common sense mandated the installation of untested, non-certified smart meters which have been involved in numerous fires throughout the country and maybe here. Two days ago UL announced they have established protocol to test all makes and brands of smart meters and are open for business. Every other electrical device in or on our houses are UL or CSA approved and it is mandated by state, city and National electric and Fire codes. Why were smart meters excluded? To give residents peace of mind and insurance company's no excuse for not paying claims shouldn't we demand of city council/NPU-E to get our meter tested immediately? I demand it and hope thousands of you do the same! http://article.wn.com/view/2014/01/27/UL_Announces_New_Safety_Programs_to_Facilitate_Adoption_of_S/

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