Two killed in Galesburg fire identified

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GALESBURG, Illinois-- A fire that broke out at a home in the middle of the night took the lives of two people, according to the City of Galesburg.

Firefighters were called to the scene in the 400 block of Clark Street around 2:40 a.m. Wednesday morning, February 13.  According to a statement from the City of Galesburg, the home was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived on scene.

According to a statement from the City of Galesburg, 35-year-old Kevin S. Sickles Jr. and three-year-old Charlotte M. Sickles were killed in the fire.  The Knox County Coroner, Mark Thomas, determined that the cause of death was smoke inhalation.

A neighbor told News 8 that the home "looked like a tornado made of fire."

"I looked out the window you couldn't even tell it was a house it just looked like one huge fireball," said another neighbor.

Due to the heavy use of water, broken hydrants and a broken water main, the water department was alerted.  The street department was called in to help with equipment and to provide additional salt on Clark Street.

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story stated that the fire was in the 300 block of Clark Street.  The article has been updated to reflect updated information from the city.

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