One killed in Laconwood Drive house fire
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WRSP/WICS) —
We now know the name of the woman killed in Wednesday's house fire on the 100 block of Laconwood Drive in Springfield.
68-year-old Janet Collins died of smoke inhalation.
The fire is still under investigation.
The Springfield Fire Department has confirmed that a woman was killed in a house fire Wednesday.
The fire happened on the 100 block of Laconwood Drive.
Fire officials said they found the elderly woman inside the bedroom of the house.
They carried her outside and transported her to St. John's Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.
Moments before the fire department arrived, neighbors broke down the front door to try to help.
"Something burning, black dark black smoke, it was pouring out of the roof, out of the eves of the roof, it was just real thick, I think it's affected the whole neighborhood you just couldn't believe this happened you know." Said neighbor Bob Bringle.
Officials believe the fire originated from in the kitchen or living room area and said it appears to be accidental, but they're still investigating the cause.
This is the second deadly fire in Springfield this year.
This is a developing story, we’ll continue to bring you updates as they become available.
One person was injured following an afternoon house fire in Springfield on Wednesday.
Firefighters were called to a home on Laconwood Drive around 4 p.m.
We're told a woman was taken to the hospital with injuries.
Her condition isn't known at this time.