Four Killed in IL Residential Fire

Four people were killed in an early morning residential fire Monday in Rockford, Illinois.

The Rockford Register Star reports ( that a natural Christmas tree helped fuel the fire, which firefighters suspect was accidental and possibly electrical in nature.The fire began in the living room either in or around a natural Christmas tree, which, at this point in the season, can act like tinder.

“The Christmas tree in itself did not cause the fire, but having that much more combustible material in the living room probably played a role,” Rockford Fire Department Division Chief Matthew Knott told a reporter.

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