GOODFIELD — Five people, including three children, are dead after an overnight fire at a Goodfield mobile home.
Woodford County Coroner Tim Ruestman said Sunday morning that first responders were notified of the fire at 11:19 p.m. Saturday at 14 Cypress Court in the Timberline Trailer Court just north of Goodfield.
“We were asleep and my son heard the explosions and came and woke us up as he was calling 911,” said a neighbor, Anna Marie Siebert. “My husband and son shot over to see if they could get anyone out. I came over to try and help keep the family back up and away, and that’s hard to do because they don’t want to leave.”
When firefighters arrived, they found the home fully engulfed. Two people escaped and were transported to OSF Healthcare Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, but five others in the residence were killed, Ruestman said.
Pronounced dead at the scene at 11:55 p.m. were Kathryn Murray, 69, Jason Wall, 34, Rose Alwood, 2, Damien Wall, 2, and 1-year-old Ariel Wall.
Katrina Alwood and Kyle Alwood were treated and released at the Peoria hospital. The relationships among the children and adults were not immediately available.
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“It was surreal,” Siebert said. “It was just a fireball when we got over here. Flames were shooting out from the center of the home and from the end. There was quite a bit of screaming and crying.”
The fire remains under investigation by the Woodford County Sheriff’s Department, the Eureka Goodfield Fire Department, the Woodford County Coroner’s office, Illinois State Police and the Illinois Fire Marshall.
Autopsies will be conducted later Sunday.
Siebert described the family as friendly, adding, "They were always a real nice family and quick to say hello,” she said. “It was always fun to see the kids playing outside.”
Goodfield is located off of Interstate 74, about 65 miles northwest of Decatur.
This story will be updated.