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Woman dies after she and her father were rescued from Cahokia house fire

Man shows aftermath of house fire that killed grandfather

Timothy Carpenter and Jonathan Marshall show the aftermath of a Cahokia house fire that killed their grandfather, Lloyd Metz and seriously injured Carpenter's mother, Cynthia Metz.
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Timothy Carpenter and Jonathan Marshall show the aftermath of a Cahokia house fire that killed their grandfather, Lloyd Metz and seriously injured Carpenter's mother, Cynthia Metz.

A 59-year-old woman has died after she and her father were rescued from a house fire Feb. 14 in Cahokia.

Cynthia Metz died the same day as her father, Lloyd Metz, at Barnes Jewish Hospital, according to an obituary published in the BND on Monday.

Visitation for Cynthia Metz and Lloyd Metz will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Braun Colonial Funeral in Cahokia.

Firefighters responded to the fire around 2 a.m. Wednesday at 9 Westwood Drive, according to Camp Jackson Assistant Chief Sharon Davis.

Davis said when firefighters arrived, two people were trapped inside the home. Firefighters were able to rescue Lloyd Metz and Cynthia Metz from the house, but they were both in cardiac arrest.

First responders revived them with CPR and the two were taken to Touchette Regional Hospital in East St. Louis.

Lloyd Metz died at 3:10 a.m. Wedneday; the time of Cynthia Metz' death was not immediately available.

Tim Carpenter, Cynthia's Metz's son, started a GoFundMe page Sunday night, asking for help in starting over after the fire destroyed most of his belongings and killed his two cats.

Carpenter said he found out his grandfather died about thirty minutes after coming home to find his house surrounded by firetrucks. He found his two cats "dead in the kitchen laying next to each other," and later that day, his mother passed away.

"I am making this go fund me because the world I knew is gone," the post reads. "I would gladly trade the rest of my possessions just to get my family back. Sadly this is the real world. So I need financial help in order to try and start a new life."

Kaley Johnson, 618-239-2526, @KaleyJohnson6

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