UPDATE: The victim has been identified as 36 year-old Melissa Darling-Krachunas. She passed away from smoke inhalation.
On Friday, March 10, 2017 approximately 9:45 pm the Belvidere Police Department received multiple 911 calls regarding heavy smoke coming from an apartment complex in the 800 block of W. Jackson Street. The callers reported seeing people jumping from the building to escape. Belvidere Police and Belvidere Fire were on scene within minutes and began evacuating two apartment complexes in that area.
Belvidere Police Officers and Belvidere Fire Personnel pulled numerous people from the buildings and several had to have been given cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Several ambulance services responded to assist and transported approximately 15 people from the scene to area hospitals for various medical symptoms including smoke inhalation.
Multiple police agencies including Boone County Sheriff, City of Marengo, and Illinois State Police responded and assisted with handling calls for service as well as traffic control.
The Boone County Coroner was dispatched to the scene for a deceased female in her 30’s. No additional information will be reported until further identification can be made.
The Belvidere Fire Department along with 17 other area Fire Departments spent the next 3 hours fighting the blaze in the 14 apartment complex. The American Red Cross responded to the scene as well as members from the community who provided food, drinks, clothing, blankets, and lodging for the displaced tenants. The State Fire Marshall along with Illinois State Police were contacted to conduct the crime scene processing and fire investigation. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Bone County Fire District #2
Our fire station (1777 Henry Luckow Lane) will be a dropoff location for last night Jackson St apartment fire families.
We will be taking donations til 5. Please bring to garage doors in the back of building on the west side.
Clothing *****no more needed*****
Personal hygiene Products
Bedding*****no more needed******
School supplies (especially backpacks, notebooks, folders, glue sticks, pens, pencils, highlighters)
Pet food for cats and dogs
Walmart, Shopko and gas giftcards
******Please watch more future post***** Thank you for all the clothing donations, we will sort through what we have and let you know what’s needed.
UPDATE: The woman who passed away is in her 30’s according to officials. Her name has not yet been released. Reports of up to 24 people were injured, and 14 of them transferred to area hospitals. Several were given CPR. 18 different fire departments responded to the fire. The fire was contained approx. 3 hours after it started. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
UPDATE: 1 adult female is confirmed dead. 24 lived there. 14 of them transferred to area hospitals.
RS fan Chris Calohan:(There was a total of 12 Apartments & 1 laundry/storage room-basement, 1st & 2nd Floor)
819 W. Jackson St., Belvidere, IL. Smoke was so bad we can smell it in the Carriage Court, Apartments with all windows and doors shut that’s how we found out there was a fire when it first started around 930ish. We went to check we thought it was my Mom’s apartment building across the street, around the corner from the fire but then we saw flashing lights out side. At that time for about 1/2 an hour all you could see was thick smoke , firefighters were using flashlights to see. Very bad fire. Saw people leaving in ambulances, first responders doing chest compressions on someone couldn’t tell if it was a male, female, an adult or child the smoke was so bad. We could hear a woman screaming “my baby, my baby” & firefighters breaking glass. This was all before the flames started shooting from the building, within the first 1/2 hour. Prayers for all.
UPDATE: The coroner is en route, this is a confirmed fatal fire. Red Cross has been notified.
UPDATE: Reports of people trapped inside. Multiple ambulances en route. 1 person has jumped. 2 people have smoke inhalation. They located a baby on the stairs via scanner traffic. Subject dropped their baby on the east side stairs while trying to escape via scanner traffic. Unknown on the baby condition. Still developing. Many fire departments from the area are en route. They toned this out as a mass casualty incident. (Means multiple victims injured) 11 ambulances are dispatched to this scene
UPDATE #2: They are doing CPR on 2 victims via scanner traffic.
UPDATE: This is now a 4th alarm fire. City chaplain requested to the scene.
UPDATE: They are evacuating nearby buildings.
Around 9:30 pm tonight several units were responding to a working apartment fire in the 800 block of West Jackson in Belvidere.
They pulled a MABAS (Mutual Aid) several area fire departments are en route.
Update: 3rd alarm
Credit: Gene Young and many RS fans