Jayden Schmakel, 4, Killed in Joliet House Fire on Cottage Place

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Joliet Fire Department responded about 2:00 p.m. to a house fire at 955 Cottage Place. Jayden, who was severely burned was pronounced dead at 3:51 p.m., according to the Will County coroner. Apparently Jayden’s father, who was asleep at the time of the fire, was awakened by his daughter. The two escaped, but Jayden was trapped upstairs.

Joliet Fire Department called an extra alarm for the working fire. Firefighters were able to find Jayden Schmakel soon after arrival, but he was already fatally injured by smoke and fire.

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