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4-year-old, 11-year-old among dead after Orangeville house fire

The names of the victims are not being released at this time.
Published: Sep. 16, 2020 at 7:13 AM CDT
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ORANGEVILLE, Ill. (WIFR) - Three people were killed in a house fire in Orangeville early Wednesday morning.

Orangeville fatal fire
Orangeville fatal fire(WIFR)

“It’s a small town, it’s a tragedy and the people in this town will be taking it fairly hard," says Orangeville Fire Chief Pat Widolff.

Charred wood, loose brick, and a melted car are all that remains of a home in the 300 block of Main Street in Orangeville. Fire tore through the structure early Wednesday morning killing a 4-year-old, an 11-year-old, and a 40-year-old man.

“The last (fire) fatality we had was almost 40 years ago," says Orangeville Assistant Fire Chief Kerry Dinges. "I am one of the firefighters that brought that person out of the house, so it’s been a long time since we’ve had to deal with this.”

The Village of Orangeville is home to about 800 residents, the community is close, and in order to recover leaders believe they will need to lean on each other for support.

“I’m the pastor of the whole community, I’m not just the pastor of this church," says Reverend at United Methodist Church Siegfried Schwirblat. “Everybody is going to need some help and some guidance along the way.”

Investigators say piecing together this tragedy will take time, and will also take an emotional toll on rescue crews.

“We don’t know what we’re going to need we don’t know what direction we’re going to have to go, just keep us in your prayers," says Schwirblat.

“I believe that we are resilient and that we will join together and work through it,” says Widolff.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and the house is a total loss.

“It’s our job to go and talk to people and try and find out what happened the best that we can," says Investigative Lieutenant with the Stephenson County Sheriff’s Office Brad Curtis. “Seeing the building you can tell it’s a very very serious fire, and finding there were three deceased people it’s heartbreaking.”

The names of the victims are not being released at this time.

Orangeville fatal fire
Orangeville fatal fire(WIFR)

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