Adult, 2 children killed in Zeigler, Ill. house fire identified

Victims of deadly Zeigler, Ill. fire identified

ZEIGLER, Ill. (KFVS) - Franklin County, Illinois Coroner Marty Leffler has identified the adult and two children killed in a house fire on Monday, November 30.

Leffler reports 23-year-old Travis R. Craig, 3-year-old-Talen E. Craig and 18-month-old Legan R. Craig were killed when their home in Ziegler went up in flames.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

The cause of their deaths and what started the fire remains under investigation.

Neighbors said they watched as firefighters tried to contain the flames, but the home was already engulfed.

They said the flames were so large, they blew across the street.

Crews responded to the home on the 600 block of Vaux Street a round noon.

Officials said 911 callers reported the home was fully engulfed with people still trapped inside, with at least one person was outside of the home and needed medical attention.

Several area fire departments responded to a box alarm for mutual aid.

The first arriving engine company reported extreme fire conditions.

Officers from the Zeigler and Christopher Police Departments and firefighters attempted to enter the home and rescue any victims, but were unable to do so.

One woman outside the home was treated by EMS and then airlifted from the scene to a burn center.

One firefighter was injured at the scene and taken to an area hospital for evaluation. The firefighter was treated and released.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Zeigler Police and Fire Departments, Franklin County Coroner’s Office, Illinois State Fire Marshal and Illinois State Police.

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