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Cause of death pending for Lake in the Hills man killed in house fire

LAKE IN THE HILLS – The Winnebago County coroner completed an autopsy Tuesday on the man killed in a house fire Sunday, but the cause of his death still is pending.

Christopher Laing, 48, of the zero to 100 block of Newbury Court, Lake in the Hills, died about 2 p.m. Sunday at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. He suffered smoke inhalation and second-degree burns during the fire, Coroner Bill Hintz said.

Hintz conducted an autopsy Tuesday, but he is waiting for medical records, toxicology and microbiology results before issuing a final cause of death, he said.

A GoFundMe page has been started for Laing’s funeral costs.

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