Metro-East News

Coroner identifies woman who died in Bethalto house fire

Madison County Coroner Steve Nonn has identified the woman who died in a house fire Tuesday in Bethalto.

Anna Tarrant, 56, of Bethalto, died in the fire. An exact cause had yet to be determined, pending laboratory tests and a review of Tarrant’s medical records, according to a news release from Nonn.

Bethalto firefighters responded to the home after dispatchers were contacted about 7 p.m., but the fire was too threatening to enter the premises immediately.

“We couldn’t go in; the house was just engulfed in flames,” Fire Chief Alex Campbell told the BND on Thursday.

Elias, Kallal, and Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto is to handle funeral arrangements, the news release said.