UPDATE: Community reacts after fire claims life

Updated: September 5, 9:00 a.m.

FREEPORT, Ill. (WIFR) -- The woman killed in a Freeport fire has been identified as Virginia Gilbertson, 65. Fire crews have not determined the official cause of the fire, but they say it was likely caused by an accident.

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Updated: September 1, 6:05 p.m.

FREEPORT, Ill. (WIFR) -- A Freeport fire early this morning takes the life of a 65-year-old woman.

"It's sad," says Matthew Emskamp, who lives near the building on 202 W Main St in downtown Freeport. Emskamp says he watched in horror as firefighters battled the flames.

"I heard all of these sirens, which is loud. When you hear loud sirens like that, you know something major happened," says Emskamp.

It doesn't seem damaged at first glance, but a closer look shows where the flames touched: The flames that took one woman's life.

Five people were inside the 4-story building when the fire started around 6 am. 4 were able to escape. However, a 65-year-old woman, died before emergency crews were able to get to her.

"She was a resident of the unit of origin for the fire. Apparently she had crawled out or gotten our of her unti to a net door neighbor's unit."

Fire crews say they were quickly able to contain the flames before they spread very far.

"The victim, when she exited her unit left the door open, so it was starting to get out of her unit, but then when a fireman saw she left it open, he came and closed the door, which confined the fire to the unit of origin," says Freeport Fire Chief, Scott Miller. However, Miller says these situations are never easy.

"We can train and practice and be prepared for any type of given structure fire, but as soon as you pull up and you're going into suppression mode, you're met with victims, you're finding unconcious people, that changes your whole tactic and strategy," says Miller.

That building is also the old Freeport Pretzel Factory. Fire crews have not determined the official cause of the fire, but they say it was likely caused by an accident.

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Updated: September 1, 11:30 a.m.

FREEPORT, Ill. (WIFR) -- Freeport Fire crews say a 65-year-old woman was killed after a fire broke out early this morning in a downtown apartment building.

Crews tell 23 News the woman, along with another person were both taken to the hospital, where the woman was later pronounced dead. The other person is expected to be okay.

Damage to the 12 unit, four-story apartment building in the 200 block of Main Street is estimated at $160,000. According to officials, the damage is contained to four of the units.

Investigators are still looking into a cause for the fire that started around 6:00 a.m. The name of the woman has not yet been released.

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FREEPORT, Ill. (WIFR) -- One person is dead in an apartment fire in downtown Freeport, Friday morning.

The fire started in the second floor of a four-story apartment building in the 200 block of Main Street. The Stephenson County Coroner confirms one person was pronounced dead, all other people living in the building were able to get out safely.

Investigators say the fire started around 6:00 a.m. It appears crews were able to keep the fire contained to a single apartment unit.

The name and age of the victim has not yet been released.