POCAHONTAS, Ill. – A 4-year-old girl is dead after an early Wednesday morning house fire in Pocahontas. Two infants and a 12-year-old were also hospitalized with serious injuries. The fire has left the family of 6 homeless.
The fire broke out in 500 block of Academy around 2:45 a.m.
Investigators say the 6 victims have significant smoke inhalation and burns as they mourn the loss of the little girl. "Always our hearts go out to families in these types of situations they lost everything," said EMS Chief Brian Wilson.
Community leaders say the small town of Pocahontas is heartbroken after the fire claimed the life of a 4-year-old girl and sent five of her family members in serious condition to area hospitals.
October Weiss, a family friend said, “My heart is broken, I can’t imagine the tragedy, how they feel. The whole town of Pocahontas is broken."
Bommarito Automotive SkyFOX flew over the scene Wednesday morning.
The family of six included two 15-month-old babies, a 12-year-old, the mother and father of the children. All were in the home when the blaze broke out. "Upon our units’ arrival, they encountered several patients that had been injured during the fire.” said EMS Chief Brian Wilson.
We were told one of the infants was immediately flown by helicopter to a hospital in St Louis. The second infant and the 12-year-old were treated in a local the emergency room.
Our news crews talked with the man who lives right next door to the victims, said his heart goes out to his neighbors, "I went to the gas station came back and it was gone like within five minutes. I give my thoughts and prayers out to the family”, said Eric Gibson.
Residents say Pocahontas is a tight knight community and they will pull together to support the family during this tragedy. The school district where the 4-year-old attended is doing everything they can to support the family.
"I'm sure the effects of this type of tragedy will be felt for some time. Our thoughts and prayers are with them and that family. We will do our best to support the students there," said Wes Olson, Superintendent Bond County Community School District No 2.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation and authorities say at this point it's too early to determine if the home had working smoke detectors.
Police are not releasing the name of the victim.
An investigation is ongoing.