A Fairview Heights woman died Sunday when her mobile home caught fire has been identified as Georgette L. Warren, 68, a former News-Democrat advertising employee.
The blaze began at about 4:35 p.m. the 300 block of Union Hill Road, in Fairview Heights. The house was fully involved with flames, with partial roof collapse upon the first fire truck's arrival.
Firefighters had a tough time even getting to the residence because of snow and ice on the road, according to Fire Chief Bryan Doyle.
The first major problem occurred when the first fire truck pulled up to find an extremely steep, unplowed road leading to the mobile home, Doyle said.
"So we had to pull 800-foot of two-and-half-inch hose up to it," he said. "Once we got to that, we had to lay 400 feet of five-inch hose to a hydrant. And the hydrant was broke."
A Swansea Fire Department truck, answering a mutual aid call, showed up soon afterward. It relayed water from a nearby, operational hydrant to the Fairview Heights truck, Doyle said.
The cause of the fire has not been determined, but it does not appear suspicious. The Illinois State Fire Marshal's office is investigating, Doyle said.
Warren worked at the News-Democrat from 2000-11.