Chesterton Tribune

Medical Examiner: Local man succumbs to burns

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A Chesterton resident was pronounced dead on Thursday at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill. from a combination of a lung disease and thermal burns sustained from an incident earlier this month, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said.

Jose Torres, 63, of the 600 block of South 20th St., was taken to Loyola on May 14 after initially being treated at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Hobart for burns sustained from accidentally catching fire while smoking, said the Cook County Medical Examiner’s records department. Torres was pronounced dead at 11:04 p.m. on Thursday, the agency said.

An autopsy conducted by the Medical Examiner’s office on Friday determined Torres died of two causes: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and thermal burns.

Chesterton Fire Department said they do not have a record of responding to Torres’ residence.


Posted 5/29/2012