Two people fell victim to a structure fire in the City of Greenfield this afternoon.
Greenfield Fire Chief Cory Hudson says that initial calls came in for a kitchen fire at a single-story residence on Green Street in Greenfield at 12:23PM. A Greene County Sheriff’s Deputy and Greenfield Police Officer were the first on the scene and attempted to make entry into the home. Greenfield Fire units arrived a short time later. Hudson says heavy fire had already engulfed the structure, which was a double-wide trailer. Five people were at home at the time of the fire.
Hudson says that with the new emergency dispatch system in Greene County, Carrollton Fire Department was radioed out for automatic mutual aid. White Hall and Roodhouse Fire Departments were eventually radioed for additional manpower. Firefighters were on scene until approximately 4:50PM for overhaul and suppression of hot spots.
Greene County Coroner Danny Powell later told Riverbender that a 77-year old female and an 11-month old female were pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 1:15PM yesterday. Identities are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
The three other individuals in the home along with the two officers who first responded to the seen were taken to an area hospital for smoke inhalation and minor injuries.
Hudson says the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office was called in for an investigation to determine what caused the fire.