HERRIN, IL (KFVS) - The state fire marshal's office is investigating following a deadly fire in Herrin, Illinois that happened on Friday, July 13.
According to the Herrin fire chief, two women died in the fire. Mary Dee Litton, 77, and her daughter, Mary Jane Litton, 54, both of Herrin were pronounced dead at Herrin Hospital due to injuries they sustained in the fire, according to Williamson County Coroner Junior Burke. Autopsies are scheduled for Saturday, July 14.
Ricky Lannon says he's lived next door for seven years and checked on them often.
"The one thing that i wish I'd done being this close I've always gone up to their house, but i never looked up to see if they had smoke detectors," he said.. "I found out that they had one that didn't work. If they'd had one in each bedroom and one in the living room, there's a chance, no guarantee it would have saved them."
The fire department says the smoke detectors were melted after the fire was put out.
So, they can't say now whether they were working.
The fire crew was called to the single-story home on the 700 block of North 18th Street at 12:49 a.m. and saw a glowing fire coming from the back of the home.
Crews were at the scene until shortly after 4:30 a.m.
The fire damaged one-third of the home, the rest had smoke and water damage.
The fire is currently under investigation by the Williamson County Coroner's Office, Illinois State Fire Marshal, Herrin Police Department and Illinois State Police.