4 children, 2 adults killed in Lost Nation fire

DIXON — Four children and two adults from the same family died in a house fire early Tuesday in rural northern Illinois, according to the local sheriff.

Authorities received a 911 call just after midnight reporting smoke in the basement of a home outside Dixon in the unincorporated community of Lost Nation, according to the Ogle County Sheriff’s Office. Firefighters arrived to find the home “fully engulfed” in the blaze.

Investigators haven’t found anything suspicious about the fire, Sheriff Brian VanVickle said. The ages of the children haven’t been released and autopsies are planned, he said. Ogle County Corner Louis Finch said the bodies were so badly burned that his office will need dental records to determine identification.

VanVickle said the home’s roof collapsed. He said a few walls were left, “but there’s not much remaining of the residence.”

Capt. Isaac Demmig of the Dixon Rural Fire Department said it was impossible for firefighters to enter the house until the fire was brought under control, but when they did go inside they found that all six were dead.

First responders from 10 fire departments responded to the blaze, according to Demmig. He would not say where in the house the bodies were found. The sheriff’s office, Illinois State Fire Marshal and Illinois State Police are investigating the cause of the fire.

VanVickle described Lost Nation as a subdivision in a woodsy area with a lake in a very rural and remote part of the county. It is on West Flagg Road about 10 miles south of Oregon.

“I’ve talked with some of the neighbors and it’s a typical Midwest community where most people know their neighbors and are friends with them,” VanVickle said.

–Associated Press

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