Dixon woman dies after her clothes catch fire

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After finding her burned body in her home, investigators said a Dixon, Illinois woman died after her clothes caught fire and she could not put it out.

A neighbor told police no one answered when they tried to contact 31-year-old Felicia Morris because her smoke alarm was sounding.  The smoke alarm had reportedly been sounding for two hours when police were sent to the home at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, 2015.  When police got into the house, they found Morris’ burned body in the living room.

Investigators determined Morris’ clothing caught fire in the kitchen, and that she tried to extinguish the flames by rolling on the floor in the living room.

“Unfortunately, she was unable to extinguish the burning clothes and she succumbed to injuries from the fire,” said a statement from the Dixon Police Department.  Morris had a physical handicap that may have contributed to her inability to put out the fire.

An autopsy, conducted the day after her death, confirmed Morris died of injuries she suffered in the fire.   Investigators ruled out any foul play and said her death appeared to be accidental.


  • Ken Markley

    I’m her former boyfriend. She had severe cerebral palsy and due to no home health care of any kind due to the state of Illinois not funding disabled individuals correctly. This is an outrage, an ethical outrage, there is someone at fault, it should be considered negligence, the fact that it was 2 hours before anything was done, I know that it was a housing complex for the disabled, it’s due to improper staffing and negligence on the part of the state, which I realize I stated earlier. I am beyond saddened by this.

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