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Coroner Identifies Man Who Died in House Fire

The Highland Park man who died in a house fire last month has been identified as Giacomo Ruggirello, who has owned the Trattoria Giacomo Restaurant in Highwood since 1998.

The Lake County coroner identified the body found in a burned out Highland Park house last month as that of Giacomo Ruggirello, the Highland Park News reports.

At approximately 12:42 a.m. on Sept. 25, Highland Park Fire and Police responded to a fire on the 1700 block of Midland Avenue in Highland Park. Fire fighters from Highwood, Glencoe, Lake Forest and Northbrook also helped to extinguish the blaze, which spread to the roof next-door.

Neighbors of the razed house told the Highland Park News the identity of the man in the fire was likely Giacomo Ruggirello, who has owned the Trattoria Giacomo Restaurant in Highwood since 1998.

Lake County Coroner Artis Yancey told the Highland Park News on Tuesday that Ruggirello’s cause of death has not been released yet, as he's still waiting on reports from the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

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richard fitswell November 29, 2012 at 05:46 PM
i heard this was a hit. that his body was chopped up into pieces. can pat confirm or deny please.
richard fitswell November 30, 2012 at 04:08 PM
patch could you please update if any
unknown December 13, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Wow, this truly disgusts me! So sad that people have nothing better to do but spread rumors/gossip . I would think that people could have a little more respect than to be so outright crude! Mind your own business and if you have no business of your own to mind, try getting a life and staying out of what doesn't concern you! Have some respect for him already! Shame on all of you who continue to make up your own stories and spread all these terrible rumors!

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