JACKSONVILLE, Ill. (AP) – A mother and her young sons died Thursday after a fire in their mobile home in western Illinois, authorities said.

Morgan County Coroner Jeff Lair said Kayla Perry and her sons, 7-year-old Joshua and 4-year-old Christopher, died of smoke inhalation. The home was just outside of Jacksonville, which is about 30 miles west of Springfield.

Firefighters responded about 1 a.m. Thursday and found the mobile home engulfed in flames, Morgan County Sheriff Randy Duvendack said.

“The caller said that her husband had brought one person out and was going to try and get more subjects out,” Duvendack said.

The mother was pulled from the trailer and died later at a hospital, the sheriff said. The boys’ bodies were found inside the mobile home.

“It was pretty well burnt down to the ground,” the sheriff said.

Autopsies on the three victims were planned, Duvendack said.

The state Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the fire, which was first reported by the Jacksonville Courier-Journal.

So far no cause has been determined, but “at this point we don’t have any suspicion of foul play,” Duvendack said.

A fourth person who lived in the mobile home, a friend of the mother’s, was not home at the time, he added.

A few trailers in the mobile home park were damaged but no one else was injured, the sheriff said.


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