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Mobile home blaze kills at least 3 in W. Illinois

Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 10:37 a.m. CDT
(John Greenwood)
Emergency personnel are shown near the scene of a fatal mobile home fire in Sherrard, Ill., Wednesday, March 27, 2013, that killed at least three people. Investigators believe two more people were killed in the early morning blaze, but their bodies have not yet been recovered. Authorities are still trying to determine the cause of the fire. (AP Photo/The Dispatch, John Greenwood)

CHICAGO – Authorities say a fire has engulfed a mobile home in western Illinois, killing at least three people.

Mercer County Coroner Ron McNall says investigators sifting through the wreckage of the home in the village of Sherrard believe two more people were killed in the blaze, but their bodies have not yet been recovered.

He says two people who escaped the fire told authorities there were five others still inside — two adults and three children.

The fire broke out around 1 a.m. Wednesday at the home in a rural area on the edge of Sherrard, which is about 10 miles south of the Quad Cities.

McNall says investigators have yet to determine what caused the blaze.

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