ALTON, Ill. – A 5-year-old boy died in what officials are calling a suspicious apartment fire Monday night in Alton, Illinois.
The fire started at approximately 7:20 p.m. The apartment building is located on Mitchell Street near Belle Street.
Fire Chief Jesse Jemison said the boy’s mother and the mother’s boyfriend were in the apartment when the fire started. Due to the intensity of the smoke and flames, they were unable to get upstairs to rescue the boy, Jemison said.
The Illinois State Fire Marshall is investigating the case.
It is unknown at this time what started the fire.
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