INVERNESS, Ill. (AP) – A suburban Chicago woman whose body was recovered Sunday from the burning house she shared with her husband died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, reported Monday authorities.
Inverness Police Chief Bob Haas said Marlene Pieracci, 82, was found inside a vehicle in the house’s garage. Hass said her husband, Mario Pieracci, 84, was found in the living room of the house and appeared to have died from the blaze.
Firefighters from the Palatine Rural Fire Protection District called to the residence on Sunday arrived to find strong flames and smoke behind the two-story house. Fire Chief Rich May said they were embarrassed by the amount of snow that had accumulated around the house, but were able to pull up the hoses and put out the blaze in under 20 minutes.
Firefighters removed Mario Pieracci from the house, but efforts to resuscitate him failed, authorities said.
Firefighters did not find Marlene Pieracci as quickly as the garage was not on fire, Haas said. His death was ruled as suicide by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Hass said the cause of the fire was still under investigation, but police do not believe there was any foul play involving anyone outside the house.
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