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3 found unconscious in Arlington Heights fatal fire

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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

The deaths of three women in an Arlington Heights house fire early Wednesday has neighbors on a quiet northwest side suburban street lamenting that they didn't get to know the "nice" people next door.

"Nobody knows them. I feel so bad," said Cathie Preusker, who has lived in her home at the corner of South Dunton and East Grove for 13 years.

She said two elderly women, one bound to a wheel chair, lived at the home. Other neighbors speculated that the third fire victim may have been a caretaker, the Sun-Times is reporting.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's office identified the three women as Doris Miller, 93, Tetiana Krych, 62, and Svitlana Kandelis, 40. All three were dead at the scene in the 300 block of South Dunton Avenue. Miller and Krych lived in the home on Dunton, while Kandelis lived in Wheeling.

"I never even saw them," Preusker said.

Similar sentiment was echoed by other neighbors, who woke up to a small army of firefighters and investigators outside their homes.

"They were just very quiet. You never saw cars — nothing," said 66-year-old Cheryl Weinrich, who lives down the street from the fire in her childhood home. "We all feel bad because you should at least know your neighbors."

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Arlington Height police Cmdr. Mike Hernandez said, although fire department officials said they did not consider it suspicious.

About 3:15 a.m., a police sergeant smelled smoke and called in other officer, tracking the source to a bungalow in the 300 block of South Dunton.

Firefighters quickly arrived and found one of the deceased in a downstairs bedroom, Cmdr. Mike Hernandez said in a release. Two more victims were found other areas of the house, police said.

The three, whose identities have not yet been released, were pronounced dead at the scene, Hernandez said.

Weinrich said her one interaction with the two women who lived at the home occurred recently on Halloween. She was trick-or-treating with her daughter and grand kids and a pet dog dressed as a hotdog.

"A very sweet woman came to the door and invited them in," she said, adding that the overture caught her family by surprise.

As it turned out, the woman just wanted her wheelchair-bound housemate to see the trick-or-treaters.

"She was just a short, sweet looking grandma," Weinrich said.

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