DIXON, Ill. — The Latest on a house fire that killed six people in rural northern Illinois (all times local):

6:20 p.m.

Authorities in northern Illinois have identified the victims of an early morning house fire that left two adults and four children from one family dead.

The Ogle County Sheriff’s Department identified the victims as 39-year-old Timothy Shaw, 37-year-old Melissa Shaw, 17-year-old Ethan Shaw, 15-year-old LeAnne Shaw, 12-year-old Hailey Shaw and 11-year-old Dylan Shaw.

Autopsies conducted Tuesday determined the victims died from smoke inhalation.

Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle says the department received a 911 call from someone at the home just after midnight Tuesday reporting smoke in the basement.

VanVickle says the roof of the home collapsed and there wasn’t much of the residence remaining after firefighters put out the blaze.

Authorities say an initial investigation by the sheriff’s department and the State Fire Marshal does not indicate foul play.

The home is located about 90 miles (150 kilometers) west of downtown Chicago.


11 a.m.

Authorities say two adults and four children have died after an early morning house fire in rural northern Illinois.

Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle says the victims of the Tuesday morning blaze are all members of one family. He says autopsies are planned and authorities didn’t immediately know the ages of the children.

VanVickle says authorities don’t see anything suspicious about the fire and are investigating the cause along with state officials. The sheriff’s office says it received a 911 call from someone at the home just after midnight Tuesday reporting smoke in the basement.

VanVickle says the roof of the home collapsed and there wasn’t much of the residence remaining after firefighters put out the blaze.

The home is located about 90 miles (150 kilometers) west of downtown Chicago.


This has been updated to correct the spelling of the sheriff’s last name to VanVickle.


9:18 a.m.

A firefighter says a house where six people were found dead was fully engulfed in flames when his crew arrived at the scene.

Captain Isaac Dimmig of the Dixon Rural Fire Department says there was no way that firefighters could enter the house when they arrived shortly after midnight on Tuesday because by that point the entire house was consumed by flames. He says nobody in the house outside Dixon survived the fire and that the bodies were not discovered until the fire was brought under control.

Dimmig would not say where the bodies were found in the home and says the cause of the fire remains under investigation. He says 10 fire departments responded to the blaze.

The home is located about 90 miles (150 kilometers) west of downtown Chicago.


8:42 a.m.

Six people were found dead in a house early Tuesday in rural northern Illinois, the Ogle County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release .

Police received a 911 call from the home just after midnight Tuesday reporting smoke in the basement of a home outside Dixon in the unincorporated community of Lost Nation, the sheriff’s department said. Firefighters arrived to find “a fully engulfed residential structure fire,” the sheriff’s office said.

All six occupants of the residence died in the fire. The names and ages of the victims haven’t been released. Ogle County Corner Louis Finch said the bodies were so badly burned that his office will need dental records to determine identification.

First responders from eight fire departments responded to the blaze. The sheriff’s office said no other information was immediately available Tuesday morning.

The sheriff’s office, Illinois State Fire Marshal and Illinois State Police are investigating the cause of the fire.

The home is about 90 miles (150 kilometers) west of downtown Chicago.