Man identified from fatal house fire in Rockford Saturday

Published: Sep. 11, 2021 at 9:24 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - A man is dead after a fire erupted in a home Saturday afternoon in the 1600 block of 9th Street in Rockford.

An investigation by the Winnebago County Coroner’s office confirmed the death of 67-year-old Stanley Winters in the house fire. An autopsy is completed, but the cause of death won’t be released until toxicological testing is done, which should be available in about six weeks.

The Rockford Fire Department says the man was trapped inside a room where the flames burned. When firefighters were able to reach him, he was already dead.

Another woman inside the home survived the fire and is being helped by the Red Cross for setting up emergency housing.

The fire remains under investigation but officials say it appears to be accidental in nature at this time.

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