Mobile Home Blaze Kills 5 in Western Illinois

By: The AP
By: The AP

SHERRARD, Ill. (AP) -- Authorities say a fire that swept through a western Illinois mobile home early today has killed five people, including four children at a sleepover.

Mercer County Coroner Ron McNall says the victims of the blaze in the small village of Sherrard included an adult woman, and that the oldest among the children killed was just 15 years of age.

Their identities have not been released.

McNall says a man managed to escape the fire with two of his sons. The man tried to re-enter the burning structure but that the flames thwarted his rescue efforts. He sustained burns and was taken to a hospital.

McNall says the cause of the fire hasn't been determined.


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