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21-year-old Belleville man dies after house fire; rest of family escapes

Austin Veile
Austin Veile

A 21-year-old Belleville man died after a fire in his family’s home Saturday, according to the Signal Hill Fire Department chief.

Firefighters responded at 3:50 a.m. to the 50 block of Signal Hill Boulevard to a report of smoke in the home, Chief Tom Elliff said. A mother, father and daughter escaped safely, but Austin Veile was found unconscious in a second-floor bathroom.

Paramedics took Veile to a local hospital, and he was then flown to Mercy Hospital Burn Center in St. Louis. Veile died later that day at Mercy Hospital, according to his obituary.

The daughter alerted her parents to the smell of smoke and found the fire was coming from the bathroom, Elliff said.

A fire truck was at the house within 3 minutes of the call, and paramedics arrived less than 10 minutes after the call, Elliff said. The family thanked paramedics and firefighters in Veile’s obituary.

Elliff said, “From the quick actions of firefighters and paramedics, the family knows we did everything we could to help in every way.”

The Illinois State Fire Marshal continued an investigation into the cause of the fire.

The rest of the home went relatively undamaged, Elliff said.