Illinois Firefighter Dies in His Own House Fire

A member of the Leaf River Fire Department near Rockford, Illinois passed away in a fire in his own home early Friday morning.  The fire was upgraded to the 5th Alarm.  The Firefighter was 19 years old.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of his Department, surrounding Departments, and with his family.  More on the story below.

LEAF RIVER, IL (WIFR) UPDATE – Ogle County Sheriff’s Office confirms the firefighter that passed away is Gregory Wood, 19, of Leaf River.

Firefighters arrived on-scene around 12:45 am and found the first floor of the two-story house fully engulfed.

Three of the residents were able to escape, two of them were transported to Rockford hospitals with serious injuries.

After the fire was extinguished, firefighters found Wood in a second-floor bedroom and was pronounced dead by the Ogle County Coroner.

The Illinois State Fire Marshal and the Illinois State Police Crime Scene personnel are helping in the investigation.”…Continue Reading Here

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