Fatal Fire in Rockford

By: Erica Hurtt
By: Erica Hurtt

A four-year-old Rockford boy was killed in a house fire Wednesday morning, and his mother is left homeless.

Four different fire departments responded to the blaze. There's little left of a Preston Avenue home but glass and ash, after a fire broke out around 8 a.m. Wednesday morning creating an emotional scene for family friends and even firefighters.

It was too late when firefighters arrived on the scene this home was fully involved, flames shooting from the structure smoke billowing from the windows.

"When we arrived we heard there was a possibility that a victim was involved,” comments Captain Bill Mesch of West Suburban Fire Department.

The victim was four-year-old Ronnie Franks. His mother was able to escape the blaze but Ronnie was trapped in bedroom and died from smoke inhalation.

"My grandmother called me and she was crying and said my cousin and aunt had been burned to death. When I came down I learned it was just my cousin that had passed,” says Takisha Quattlebaum, the victim’s cousin.

Ronnie's mother was treated for minor injuries, but overcome by shock.

"Whe had chest pains and she was in shock. She couldn't talk. It's all a loss,” adds Quattlebaum.

It was a painful scene for everyone. Firefighters couldn't hide their emotions after finding Ronnie’s body.

It appears that Ronnie Franks and his mother were sleeping when the blaze broke out. Fire investigators left the scene just a while ago. They still don't know what caused the deadly fire.


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