UPDATE: Services for family killed in Lost Nation fire begin

Published: Nov. 21, 2017 at 6:33 AM CST
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Updated December 5, 2017, 2:36 p.m.

UPDATE: DIXON, Ill. (WIFR) - Visitation begins Tuesday for the family of six killed last week in an early morning house fire in rural Dixon.

The mother of the four kids, Ethan, Leanne, Hailey and Dylan, who now lives in Arizona is speaking out for the first time following the November 21 deadly fire.

Veronica Masterson calls Ethan a responsible man, And Dylan, who was just eleven, was a momma's boy. Masterson calls 12-year-old Hailey a firecracker and says 15-year-old Leanne had a quiet personality.

Masterson says communities in Arizona and here in the stateline have helped her cope with the loss.

"It's going to be a very long lifetime process because we have children who lost so much, ill never have the opportunity to get to know who they would have become," says Masterson.

The four kids were laid to rest over the weekend in Arizona. The funeral for the family will be Wednesday at 11 a.m.


Updated November 27, 2017, 3:05 p.m.

DIXON, Ill. (WIFR) -- Services are set for the family of six killed in a rural Dixon fire.

Sauk Valley Media says the visitation for the Shaw family will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Elks Lodge, 1279 Franklin Grove Road, Dixon.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Dec. 6 at the lodge.

Sauk Valley Media says Tim Shaw will be buried with military honors at Oakwood Cemetery following the funeral.

A memorial will be set up through Preston Schilling Funeral Home in lieu of flowers.


Updated November 21, 2017, 6:01 p.m.

UPDATE: DIXON, Ill. (WIFR) - Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle releases the names of the family killed in a rural Dixon fire Tuesday morning.

Investigators say at 12:01 a.m. they got a call from 17-year-old Ethan Shaw who said he was trapped in his basement bedroom which was filling with smoke.

Several departments arrived on scene to the home fully engulfed in flames.

When the fire was out, the six victims were found inside. The sheriff's office says those victims were 39-year-old Timothy Shaw, 37-year-old Melissa Shaw, 17-year-old Ethan Shaw, 15-year-old LeAnne Shaw, 12-year-old Hailey Shaw and 11-year-old Dylan Shaw.

Investigators say the Shaw family died of smoke inhalation, the cause of the fire has not been determined.

Deputies do not believe foul play was involved.


UPDATE: November 21, 9:30 a.m.

DIXON, Ill. (WIFR) -- Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle says the six people killed overnight in a house fire in rural Dixon included two parents, four children, a cat and a dog.

No names or ages are being released at this time. The school district where the children attended was notified.

Neighbors tell 23 News the area in unincorporated Lost Nation is a close-knit community where everyone knows each other.

Autopsies began around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Ogle County Coroner Louis Finch says the bodies were so badly burned he will rely on dental records to identify the victims.

Speaking to the Associated Press, Captain Isaac Dimming of the Dixon Rural Fire Department said significant flames kept firefighters from entering the home. The bodies of the six victims weren't discovered until the fire was brought under control.


DIXON, Ill (WIFR) - Ogle County Sheriff's Office says six people were killed in a house fire just after midnight in rural Dixon.

The initial call came in as a report of smoke in the basement.

Multiple agencies responded to the fully engulfed house in the 200 block of North Miami Drive.

All six occupants in the house died. Their names are not being released at this time.

The Illinois Fire Marshal and Illinois State Police are helping in the investigation.