Caregiver 3rd fatality from December fire

Fire engulfs the house at 1212 Field Court in Naperville on Wednesday morning. Two people were killed in the blaze. |  Courtesy of Sean Burke
Fire engulfs the house at 1212 Field Court in Naperville on Wednesday morning. Two people were killed in the blaze. | Courtesy of Sean Burke

The full-time caregiver who had been looking after a Naperville couple when they perished in a house fire Dec. 18 also succumbed to his injuries Sunday.

A spokeswoman for the Cook County medical examiner’s office confirmed that Allen Belaguis, 21, of Orland Park, died at 5:35 p.m. Sunday. He had been in hospice care for injuries he sustained in the Dec. 18 fire that claimed the lives of Naperville psychologist Thomas Lambert, 57, and his wife, Janet Lambert, 56.

Belaguis was taken to Edward Hospital on the morning of the fire that destroyed the home at 1212 Field Court, and soon afterward was moved to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood for treatment.

A spokesman in the coroner’s office said an autopsy had found Belaguis suffered from smoke inhalation and two “thermal injuries” to his right thigh, but the precise cause of death remained undetermined.

Autopsy reports released in late January concluded that the Lamberts’ cause of death was inhalation of the superheated air created by the blaze that ignited just before 7 a.m. that morning, and rapidly engulfed their home.

Initially unable to locate the couple in their second-floor bedroom, firefighters were forced to evacuate temporarily during the response as the structure approached collapse. The Lamberts’ bodies were later discovered in the basement of the home, fire officials said.

In addition to Belaguis, the home also was occupied by Patricia Carhoff, Thomas Lambert’s sister, who had recently moved to Naperville from Arizona; and John Lambert, 84, the Lambert siblings’ father. They were less severely hurt in the fire, and were released from Edward after being treated for their injuries.

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