CAHOKIA HEIGHTS – Another deadly fire in the Cahokia Heights community. The latest fire happened late Sunday in the 100 block of St. Leo Drive. First responders say when they arrived at the scene, the house was engulfed in flames. Sunday’s fatal fire is the second in less than a week, leaving homes destroyed and killing a total of three people.

Authorities say on Sunday night, fire crews got the call for a house fire just before nine. When first responders entered the home, they found a body. The St. Clair County Coroner identified the victim as 69-year-old Gary Limestall.

“They were able to make force entry, but they could not enter the residence due to the heavy smoke .They really tried to get that guy out in time, but it’s just unfortunate, “ said Det. Jamal Jackson.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

“When something like this happens, we all got to come together as a community and pull together to try to get through this as one” said Det Limestall.

Last week in Cahokia Heights, a massive house fire broke out on Tuesday around 7:30 a.m. near Interstate 255 and Route 15. Two people were killed, one more critically injured also several people including firefighters were hurt.

Bommarito Automotive Group SkyFOX helicopter was over the area as first responders arrived on the scene, and thick black smoke could be seen for miles. The victims were identified as 78-year-old Bob Tierce and 82-year-old Larry Wetzel. The condition of the third victim is not known, and fire fighters were treated on scene. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.