Cause of deadly Normal house fire determined

It's the first fire death in over 25 years

NORMAL, Ill. - Investigators now know the cause of a fire that killed a woman in Normal.

Back on August 6th, firefighters were called to the 1500 block of Hunt Drive.

That's where they found 68-year-old, Diana McLaren-Osburne, unresponsive near the kitchen doorway.

They say flammable materials near the stove likely caused the fire.

Officials say the last time someone died in a house fire in Normal was 1991.

Here's what the Normal Fire Department wants you to know:

  • Make sure that smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are functional at all times. Test them monthly, and if they are more than 10 years old, the entire detector should be replaced.
  • At a minimum, there should be at least on smoke alarm on each level of the home, and one inside and outside sleeping rooms. Interconnected smoke alarms provide the best warning, because if one alarm goes off, they all go off.
  • If anyone in the home smokes, ensure that all smoking materials are discarded properly and should be put out in water before disposing of it in the trash. Never smoke in bed or while drowsy.
  • Make sure there are two ways out of every room used for sleeping and that everyone in the house goes to one meeting place outside if there is a fire. When firefighters arrive, let them know if anyone is missing.
  • Never go back into a burning building for any reason. Get out and stay out!

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