Multiple fire departments fought a house fire at a two-story home Sunday in Fairview Heights.
Authorities said the home was almost destroyed.
When crews arrived on the scene, heavy fire was showing and they were told a person was trapped inside. "Firefighters quickly deployed fire attack hose lines and immediately entered the home to conduct a primary search and battle the blaze". The woman was eventually found safe and was away visiting with her adult daughter. One was discovered alive and one was deceased.
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The fire was reported by a neighbor who heard what sounded like an explosion and saw flames.
Firefighters were called to 304 Parent Ave.at 1:45 p.m. Sunday where smoke was billowing from the building.
Officials said the victim was a smoker, but would not confirm that as the cause of the fire.