Cause Found in Rockford Priest's Father Death in Rectory Fire

The fire broke out Sunday at the home of the Reverend John Stringini at St. Bernadette Church.

Winnebago County Coroner Sue Fiduccia says an autopsy shows the priest's 84-year-old father John Stringini, Sr. died of smoke inhalation.

The priest rescued his 83-year-old mother from the burning building, which sustained an estimated $60,000 worth of damage.


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