UPDATE: Cause undetermined for deadly Leaf River fire

Published: Nov. 10, 2017 at 8:30 AM CST
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Updated March 9, 2018, 2:45 p.m.

UPDATE: LEAF RIVER, Ill. (WIFR) - The Illinois State Fire Marshall releases new details on the fire that killed a Leaf River firefighter last November.

Investigators say the official cause of the fire that killed 19-year-old Gregory Wood and injured two others is undetermined; however, investigator Mitchell Kushner says a lamp could be to blame.

According to an incident report, investigators found wires plugged into a wall into the wall of the living room where the fire is believed to have started. The report says a lamp was not found, however, the family says a lamp had been plugged in at that spot the night before the fire started.

Rumor's sports bar in Leaf River will hold a benefit for the Wood family starting at 4 p.m. Saturday. The community is invited to take part in a 50-50 raffle. All donations will be given to the Wood family.


Updated November 10, 9:14 p.m.

UPDATE: LEAF RIVER, Ill. (WIFR) - Ogle County Sheriff's Office confirms the firefighter that passed away is 19-year-old Gregory Wood, of Leaf River.

Firefighters arrived on scene around 12:45 am and found the first floor of the two-story house fully engulfed.

Three of the residents were able to escape, two of them were transported to Rockford hospitals with serious injuries.

After the fire was extinguished, firefighters found Wood in a second-floor bedroom and he was pronounced dead by the Ogle County Coroner.

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


Posted November 10, 8:30 a.m.

LEAF RIVER, Ill. (WIFR) - A Leaf River firefighter has died in a five-alarm fire at the firefighter's own home in the 200 block of West Second Street.

Two other family members, who were also firefighters in the department, were injured in the blaze.

Leaf River Fire Chief Steve Shelton has confirmed the information but has not released a name on the victim or the family members.

We have a reporter on the way to the scene and will continue to update has information comes in.