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Update: Woman dies from Kankakee fire injuries

Kankakee fire officials reported (Friday) a woman rescued from a burning apartment unit and airlifted to a Chicago-area burn unit died of her injuries.

The woman was one of two people found by firefighters in a 2nd-floor unit of the Kankakee Kommons Senior Living facility at 155 W. Mertens Street. The building is a 3-story, 100-unit apartment building.

No one else was injured. The fire was contained to that single-unit residence. The fire itself remains under investigation.

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GoFund Me page set up for Sheldon fire victims

The Sheldon TIES organization has set up a Go Fund me page for the Brett Clyden family. There has also been a fund set up at Iroquois Farmers State Bank for those wanting to make direct cash donations. Donations can be made at any of the bank's facilities in Gilman, Ashkum, Watseka, Sheldon, Beaverville and Iroquois. Sheldon Library will be accepting donations of clothing, toys, gift-cards and non-perishable food, etc on Monday thru Friday from 1pm to 6pm and Saturday from 10am to 3pm. We will also be accepting donations at the fairgrounds from 1p to 3p this Sunday, October 21st. Just look for us at the Swine barn. If you have any questions please contact the Sheldon Library at 815-429-3521 or call Nita Dubble at 815-867-6037.

Clothing needed >

Weston, 6 months old, wears 12 month clothes

Trenton, age 5, wears 4 or 5 size clothes

Jacob, age 11, wears size 12 husky and XL youth.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Sheldon farmhouse destroyed by fire

A 2-story farmhouse southeast of Sheldon was destroyed by fire Thursday evening. More than a half-dozen departments assisted Sheldon firemen.

Brett Clyden and his family were not at home. There was no injury, according to Sheldon Fire Chief Adam Zumwalt.

Zumwalt said the cause of the fire may have been the result of a wood stove. The house was engulfed when firemen arrived at 1551N and 3100E.

Firemen were at the scene about four-hours, called out a second time when the fire rekindled about 12:30 Friday morning.

Mutual aid was provided by fire departments from Woodland, Milford, Stockland, Concord, Watseka, Goodland and Kentland, IN and Richland Township.

Fire damages Manteno home

Manteno firefighters and several neighboring departments battled a 2-story house fire just after midnight (Friday) at 11701 North U.S. Route 45/52....in Kankakee County.

Manteno Chief Scott O'Brien said no one was at home at the time of the blaze. No injury was reported. Firemen found flames coming from the roof when they arrived.

The fire remains under investigation. A damage estimate wasn’t available.

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Kankakee fire injures 2 at senior apartment building

Two elderly residents of a senior citizen apartment complex in Kankakee were injured late Thursday afternoon in a fire at the building at 155 W. Mertens Avenue.

Both victims were flown to a Chicago hospital burn unit after they were rescued from the structure.

Kankakee Fire Chief Damon Schuldt estimated damage in excess of $50,000. No other injury was reported.

The fire, ruled accidental, is under investigation. Firemen answered the call at 5:15 pm.

Other occupants of the building were able to stay in their apartments after a private company provided clean-up operations.

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3-vehicle crash in Iroquois County injures three people

Illinois State Police and other emergency responders answered a call to a serious crash (Wednesday) on U.S. Route 24 in Iroquois County, near the Indiana border.

It was a three vehicle mishap at 3190 E just after 4 pm.
Drivers were identified as Patricia J. Allford, 70, Sheldon... Howard R. Kissack, 82, Watseka... and Daniel D. Morgan, 53, Terre Haute, IN

Patricia Allford was eastbound on Route 24 behind the Semi driven by Daniel Morgan of Terre Haute, IN. Police reports indicated Allford attempted to pass the Semi and struck Howard Kissack’s van head-on. Kissack was westbound on Route 24. Both vehicles then hit the rear of the semi.

A passenger in Kissack’s van --- Michael Strong of Rockford --- was airlifted from the scene to Carle Hospital in Urbana. Allford and Kissack were taken by ambulance to Iroquois Memorial Hospital and later airlifted to Carle Hospital.

Patricia Allford was cited by Sate Police for Improper Lane Usage.

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