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Firefighters rescue child from deadly Belleville house fire

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BELLEVILLE, Ill. – Firefighters rescued a boy from a devastating house fire in Belleville, Illinois, Tuesday morning.

One woman died and three people were injured in the fire, which broke out at a home on the 600 block of Rodenmeyer Avenue, off McKinley at about 6:45 a.m. FOX 2 Bombarito SkyFOX Automotive Group flew over the scene.

When officers arrived, two men were standing outside after escaping the burning house. Firefighters rushed inside the mansion and found a boy, believed to be about three or four years old, hiding in a front room.

“They managed to get through the smoke and found a toddler and got the child out,” Belleville Fire Chief J.P. Penet said.

The firefighters went back inside the house and found a woman next to the kitchen. She died at the scene. The two men and the child were taken by ambulance to the hospital.

While the cause of Tuesday morning’s fire is still being investigated, Penet warned of the dangers of using alternative heat sources.

“This time of year, a lot of people use their supplemental heaters as a source of heat,” the sheriff said. “Whether it’s a space heater or whatever. Newer ones are designed to turn off if they flip over. Older ones may not have that protection, or they may have exposed heating elements.”

“Newer space heaters are much safer than others, but we should always give space heaters, at least three feet,” continued Penet. “At times when people don’t try and do it or they try to use candles or open flames as heating devices, that’s a recipe for disaster.”

Penet also reminds people to have smoke detectors working in all areas of the home where people are sleeping.

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Huynh Nguyen

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