Boone County

3 Children Among 5 Killed Rural Northern Illinois House Fire

The Illinois State Fire Marshal and local authorities are investigating to learn what caused the fire.

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A total of five people, including three children, were killed when a fire erupted at a home early Monday in rural Boone County, according to WREX, the NBC affiliate in Rockford.

The fire occurred at around 2:30 a.m. in the 11000 block of Fleming Street in Garden Prairie, which is approximately 7 miles east of Belvidere, officials said. A total of six people were injured and taken to area hospitals.

WREX initially reported two people died and six others were hospitalized following the fire. In an update provided afternoon, fire officials said a total of five people in the home died.

According to the the Belvidere School District, three of those who died in the fire were students in the district. The children were identified as Aniela Tatman, Zofia Tatman and Danika Tatman.

The Illinois State Fire Marshal and local authorities are investigating to learn what caused the fire.

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