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Maywood couple, 80 and 78, die after furnace malfunctions, overheats home

Two Maywood residents, an 80-year-old man and 78-year-old woman, died Sunday when a malfunctioning furnace overheated their home, officials said.

Leevell Robinson and Ora Robinson, of the 1200 block of South 15th Avenue in Maywood, were found unresponsive in their home by a relative who then phoned 911 about 2 p.m., according to information from the Cook County medical examiner’s office and Maywood Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh. The chief said a fire crew was dispatched to the home by an emergency call-taker after the 911 call, during which the caller also said the home was excessively hot and “that they had just gotten a new furnace.”

Leevell Robinson, 80, was pronounced dead at the home at 2:27 p.m., officials said. Ora Robinson, 78, was taken to Loyola University Medical Center where she was pronounced dead at 6:49 p.m.

“The temperature was extremely warm on the inside of the house.

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