Gofundme Fundraiser for 5 Family Members Killed in House Fire in Garden Prairie

Family members killed or injured in house fire in Garden Prairie (gofundme)
Family members killed or injured in house fire in Garden Prairie (gofundme).

Three young girls ages 9, 13, 14 were killed along with a 20 year-old woman and a 24 year-old man were in a house fire in the block of 11000 Fleming Road in Garden Prairie about 2:20 a.m. Monday, March 7, 2022. Another six people have been hospitalized because of the car with two of those people listed in critical condition.

gofundme | Tragic Garden Prairie House Fire

Words from Leona Tatman, gofundme fundraiser

I’m the mother and grandmother of the family that lost their home, possessions and, unfortunately, their lives in the devastating fire in Garden Prairie, IL on Monday morning, March 7, 2022 at 2:30am.

We are grieving the loss of five of my grandchildren. Manny 25, Elizabeth 21, Danika 14, Zofia 12 and Aniela 9.
Their mother, Jennifer, and brother Raymond, 20, remain in critical condition in the burn unit of a local hospital.

Manny, the oldest of seven children, was a great brother. He was employed at a local manufacturing company that produces insulated bags.

Elizabeth (Lizzie), was a new mother who was recently accepted into a local nursing program and was prepared to start classes in the fall. Her daughter Katalyna, was rescued from the home by her younger brother Raymond.

Danika wanted to be a gymnast. She was in the 8th grade and was looking forward to going to high school in the fall.

Zofia wanted to be a baker. She loved going to Grandma’s and doing all of the cookie, cake and any other baking she could get her hands on. She was in the 7th grade.

Aniela was in the 3rd grade and wanted to be an actress. So she would dress up in costumes and put on shows for family and friends.

Their brother Raymond tried to rescue his siblings from the second floor of the home, but was only able to save his baby niece.

Their mother Jennifer, is a stay-at-home mother who passionately loved her kids and farmette. She had goats, pigs and chickens, of which most also perished.

Lloyd, the father of the children and Jaime, the boyfriend of Elizabeth have been released from the hospital.

Aside from the irreplaceable loss of their children and siblings, the surviving family members have lost everything. The home they lived in and loved, the memories, pictures and every single possession they owned, including their automobiles.

We thank the surrounding firefighters, EMTs, law enforcement officers and all other first responders for coming to our rescue.

This is a catastrophic event for our family to lose five members at one time.

Any donations made will be a blessing.

— Tragic Garden Prairie House Fire

Police and firefighter/paramedics from Boone County Fire Protection District 2 responded about 2:20 a.m. Monday, March 7, 2022 to a report of a house fire with people trapped in the block of 11000 Fleming Road in Garden Prairie.

When Boone County Sheriff’s deputies arrived, flames could be seen coming from the residence. Boone County District #2 Fire along with multiple fire departments from Boone, Winnebago, Ogle, DeKalb and McHenry Counties battled the fire for several hours.

According to the Boone County Sheriff’s Office on the morning of the fire, six individuals who lived at the residence as well as one Sheriff’s Deputy were transported to area hospitals by multiple ambulance services from Boone and DeKalb Counties. The condition of the six individuals were initially unknown. The Boone County Sheriff’s deputy was treated and released.

According to the Boone County Sheriff’s Office at 10:30 a.m., there were five individuals who were unaccounted for, but were believed to be deceased inside the residence.

The house was well-involved with fire when Boone County Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters arrived

An investigation is currently underway by the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, Boone County District #2 Fire, Illinois State Fire Marshall, ATF, Illinois State Police, Salvation Army, and the Boone County Coroner.

A MABAS Division 8 Box Alarm #10 was activated at 2:47 a.m. Firefighters, paramedics and/or command officers from Cherry Valley, Genoa-Kingston, Harlem-Roscoe, Harvard, Marengo, North Park, Genoa were assigned to the scene.

A Second Alarm was activated at 2:59 a.m. Firefighter, paramedics and/or command officers from Byron, Clinton Wisconsin, Metro EMS, New Milford, Rockton, Sharon Wisconsin, and South Beloit were assigned to the scene.

Firefighters, paramedics and/or command officers from Kirkland and Union were assigned to stand by in nearby fire stations.


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