Six Transported, 5 Presumed Dead Inside House Fire in Garden Prairie Near Marengo


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 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, 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 are believed to be deceased inside the residence.

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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