2 dead, including infant, in Macomb house fire

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A woman and infant are dead in Macomb following a house fire Friday morning.

At 8:41 a.m. Friday, police and fire agencies were called to a fire at 1662 E. Wheeler Circle. When firefighters arrived, they saw smoke emerging from the home, according to a Facebook post by the Macomb Police Department.

When firefighters entered the building, they found the woman and infant unresponsive. Despite resuscitative efforts, the infant was declared dead at the scene. The woman was taken to McDonough District Hospital where she later died, the post stated.

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According to a Jan. 21, 6:32 p.m. Facebook post on the City of Macomb Facebook page, "four on-duty Macomb firefighters initially responded with an additional 5 off-duty firefighters being called in. Lifeguard Ambulance, Macomb Police Department, McDonough County Sheriff’s Office, WIU Office of Public Safety, Macomb Public Works, and Ameren IL all assisted on scene. The scene was cleared by Macomb Fire Personnel at 11:24" on Friday.

According to Macomb Fire Chief Dan Myer on Monday, the fire originated in the kitchen of the residence. He said the names of the victims have not yet been released, and a report is not yet available due to an ongoing investigation.

Multiple agencies including Illinois State Police and the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal are involved with the investigation, according to the Friday release.

Voice Editor Michelle Langhout updated this story on Monday, Jan. 24 to indicate the fire started in the kitchen of the residence. This story will be updated when more information becomes available.

This article originally appeared on Journal Star: Woman, infant die in Macomb house fire Friday morning

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