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4-year-old dies, 3 other children hospitalized after Pocahontas fire

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A 4-year-old died and other children were hospitalized after a fire in Pocahontas. Credit: KMOV A 4-year-old died and other children were hospitalized after a fire in Pocahontas. Credit: KMOV

POCAHONTAS, Ill. (KMOV.com) – A 4-year-old died and five people, including two infants and a 12-year-old, were hospitalized following an early morning fire in Pocahontas, Illinois.

The 4 year-old has since been identified as Hannah Nance. 

Officials with the Highland EMS said they sent two ambulances after Pocahontas Fire officials requested their assistance after a house fire with multiple injuries.

When they arrived at the scene around 2:45 a.m., emergency personnel treated five patients, including the children and their mother. One of the 15-month-old’s and the mother were airlifted to the hospital for treatment. The second infant and the 12-year-old were initially treated at a Highland hospital then moved to a St. Louis hospital. Officials said all of their injuries were described as being significant to serious.

The father of the children was taken to the hospital through another agency. His condition is currently unknown.

Wednesday afternoon, the Bond County Coroner confirmed that a 4-year-old died in the fire. The child's cause of death has not been released. 

Highland EMS fire chief, Brian Wilson, says the 4-year-old was found inside the home. "We knew at the time there was a 4-year-old unaccounted for. It's my understanding that the child has unfortunately been located deceased," said Wilson. He was on scene at the time of the fire and said the 5 other surviving family members were conscious and talking to responders, but their recovery will not be easy. "We don't know what's going on on the inside and we can't take it for granted that they're fine. So it's our job to get them to the proper level of care quickly as we can, which is what we did this morning," said Wilson.

The family's next door neighbor is Eric Gibbons. He was awake at the time of the fire and watched as the destruction happened. "It just looked like shooting missile the whole time. It was pretty powerful," said Gibbons. His house had damage on the side closest to the fire and said some things inside were melted. "Just basically outside little bit on the inside, not much, just the heartache going through it," said Gibbons, who had just moved in 2 months ago and didn't know the family well, but says his thoughts and prayers are with them. 

Donations for the family were dropped off at the Masonic Lodge between 5 and 7 p.m. Wednesday night. 

No other details regarding the fire or those injured have been released.

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