The Bond County Coroner has released the identity of the child who died Wednesday morning in a house fire that sent five other people to the hospital.
And while officials have not determined what caused 4-year-old Hannah Nance’s death, smoke inhalation is suspected.
Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire Department Chief Dennis Lindley said they received a call about the fire at 508 Academy St. around 2:20 a.m. Wednesday. When they arrived, crews saw the family sitting at the church next to their home — with the house engulfed in flames.
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He said Thursday that Hannah Nance did not make it out of the house.
Highland EMS Chief Brian Wilson said Wednesday that the surviving family members all suffered serious injuries and were taken to the hospital either by ambulance or helicopter.
Those people — a 12-year-old boy and 15-month-old twin babies and their parents — were all released from the hospital by Thursday afternoon, Lindley said.
The cause of the fire was being investigated by the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office.
The fire department is asking the community to help the Nance family, which lost all its belongings in the fire, by donating clothing and other items.
On Thursday morning the department posted that the family was in need of clothing for the three children as well as the parents. Officials listed sizes of each family member and where people can drop off the donations.
“We do ask that anyone collecting items get with us so we can have everything together for when the families needs it,” a fire official wrote. “Any items donated are very greatly appreciated!”
A second family was listed in the post as needing clothing donations, Lindley said they lost everything in a house fire on Tuesday around noon. No one was injured during that fire.