An early Saturday morning fire has claimed the life of one elderly man in Northbrook, according to the Northbrook Fire Department. Authorities have confirmed the victim was 74-year-old Lawrence Costello.
The fire began just after 1 a.m. in the 1300 block of Edgebrook Lane. Firefighters arrived at the single-family ranch home to find the house "heavily involved in fire," said Northbrook Fire Chief Jose Torres.
While searching the home, firefighters discovered Costello deceased, though his wife was able to escape. The family's cat also succumbed to the fire.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it is not thought to be suspicious.
"We're treating it as more of an accidental fire," said Torres. The home is uninhabitable.