GOODFIELD, Ill. — The Goodfield mobile home fire that took the lives of five people has been deemed a homicide.
Thursday, Woodford County Coroner Tim Ruestman said the five victims died as a result of carbon monoxide intoxication. Ruestman said 69-year-old Kathryn Murray, 34-year-old Jason Wall, 2-year-old Damien Wall, 2-year-old Rose Alwood and 1-year-old Ariel Wall died in the blaze
After an investigation by the Woodford County Sheriff’s Office, Woodford County Coroner, Eureka Goodfield Fire Department, Illinois State Police and the Office of the Fire Marshall and Woodford County States Attorney, officials believe the fire was intentionally started.
We spoke with the Woodford County State’s Attorney who says his office is waiting for a forensic test to finish. Once officials receive the results of that test, they’ll determine if charges should be filed.
The fire started just after 11 p.m. on April 6 at the Timberline Mobile Home Park in Goodfield. Ruestman pronounced the victims dead just before midnight.
The deaths remain part of an active investigation and an unidentified juvenile is being questioned.
Katrina Alwood and her son Kyle were able to escape. They were transported to OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria for treatement and then were released.
A vigil was held this past weekend for the victims and the funeral services were held Wednesday at at the Goodfield Apostolic Christian Fellowship Hall.