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Aurora man dies six days after garage fire

Updated: January 15, 2013 11:24AM

An Aurora man has died almost a week after he was injured in a fire that started in his garage, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said Thursday.

Manuel Arredondo, 47, was severely burned on Dec. 6 when a fire erupted in the garage in the 600 block of North Avenue, Aurora Deputy Fire Chief John Lehman said.

Lehman said Arredondo was working on his car when the fuel in the car somehow ignited. The resulting explosion burned Arredondo and set the garage and car on fire, Lehman said.

When firefighters arrived, Arredondo was alert, oriented and walking around outside the garage, but he had severe burns on more than 80 percent of his body, Lehman said. Arredondo was taken to Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora, then flown to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.

Arredondo died at Loyola at 10:04 p.m. Wednesday, the medical examiner’s office said.

Fire investigators are still trying to determine what exactly ignited the blaze.

“It doesn’t seem to be anything suspicious,” Lehman said.

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