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Victim in landscaping fire was one of owners

Updated: April 9, 2013 9:51AM

CARPENTERSVILLE — Investigators on Monday remained stingy with details about the fire that killed a man Friday evening at a landscaping company in the heart of Carpentersville. But they said the victim tentatively has been identified as one of the owners of the company.

Police Chief Alan Popp said the dead man is believed to be Kurt Cina, 44, of Sleepy Hollow. Popp said the Cina family owns the company whose building burned, Trinity Landscape of Northern Illinois at 1050 Tamarac Lane.

A brief press release from fire department officials said the man’s body was found near a door in the burning building, which Popp said was a warehouse holding various landscaping materials and equipment.

The blaze was reported a few minutes before 5 p.m. on Friday. The structure’s roof caved in and firefighters worked through the night to get all hot spots under control.

Popp said Monday afternoon that representatives from the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Kane County Coroner’s Office and an insurance company were at the scene, and he expected more details to be released on Tuesday.

Popp declined to say what is believed to have killed Cina, when he was found or whether he was still alive when found. The fire department’s weekend release stated that the victim had been pronounced dead at the scene on Friday.

Press reports said Kurt Cina was the father of six children.

Another building on the site, housing an office and some other storage area, was not damaged.

Popp said investigators have not yet estimated the value of the damage or announced a conclusion about what started the fire.

Popp is now officially just the police chief but is scheduled to be promoted to a newly created post — director of public safety, functioning as both police chief and fire chief — on April 16.

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