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|FIRST ON WGIL: One Killed in Galesburg Motel Fire -- PHOTOS, AUDIO AVAILABLE HERE
|UPDATED 1:55pm 6/12/09 Fire has all but completely destroyed a hotel near North Henderson Street in Galesburg, and has also claimed one life.
Galesburg Fire Chief John Cratty says crews were called to the EconoInn near Henderson and Dayton Streets around 3:45am Friday, after fire was reported as coming from a room on the second floor and on the hotel's southern section.
Cratty told WGIL Friday morning the area the fire is believed to have started at is also the area where a body was pulled.
"We have fire and police investigators here on the scene," Cratty said. "They've been here a couple of hours now. They finally just got into the structure when we had (the fire) under control enough. It's way too early in the incident to know anything much yet about the victim."
Knox County Coroner Mark Thomas pronounced the victim dead around 7:45 am. Other than the one death, Cratty say no one was hurt. He says 17 of the rooms of the EconoInn were occupied when the blaze broke out, but it's not clear exactly how many people were inside.
Cratty says the fire quickly spread throughout the second floor of the hotel, in part, through a wooden roof -- otherwise, he says, the concrete structure could have kept the fire pretty well contained.
There is no official cause, but Cratty says a State Fire Marshall Investigator remains on the scene.
Download an interview WGIL News Director Will Stevenson conducted live at the scene Friday morning with Galesburg Fire Chief John Cratty by CLICKING HERE (mp3 format).
(WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
(Additional pictures courtesy of Sherry Ryder Kincaid)
|06 12 09 by Newsroom
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