GLEN CARBON, Ill. (KMOX/AP) – (UPDATED 4:45 p.m.) Glen Carbon police say an adult died in a house fire Thursday morning. The fire broke out around 5:15 a.m., and the two-story home on Dogwood Lane suffered major damage.
One adult died in the fire but six children, siblings ranging from very young to teenagers, escaped, Glen Carbon Police Lt. Wayne White said. Two of them ran to a nearby Walmart for help.
The children have been placed in the care of family members.
Authorities say the fatal fire is connected to a woman’s body that was pulled from Silver Lake Thursday afternoon. Shortly after responding to the fire, police received a 911 call about a car into the lake and when first responders arrived on the scene, they pulled a 3-month-old baby from the car. The child was revived at the scene and is expected to make a full recovery.
Investigators say a purse found in the vehicle in Silver Lake had identification that belonged to a woman who lived at the home on Dogwood where the fire broke out. Property records show the burned home belonged to 32-year-old Cristy Lynn Campbell.
Authorities have not released the names of either victim in this case.