A woman believed to be in her late 50s is the only survivor of an overnight fire on Springfield’s near north side.
Fire crews were called to 901 North Ninth Street at 11:43 p.m. Thursday night, where they found a two-story home engulfed in flames.
Firefighters used a ladder to rescue a woman who escaped from a second-floor window onto a roof ledge at the rear of the house.
Once the flames were subdued first responders entering the home found the bodies of four males, whose ages are believed to range between 14 and 60.
Springfield Fire Chief Ken Fustin says the city hasn’t seen a deadly fire like this in more than 25 years.
FUSTIN: “We had a five fatality fire on the 1700 block of East Mason back in March of 1987. This is the worst one since then. Worst one since I’ve been on the fire department.”
Fustin says firefighters were told last night that critical incident stress debriefing will be available if they have difficulty coping with emotions in the hours and days to come.
Fire inspectors continue to investigate the cause of the fire at 9:30 a.m. Friday. The woman who survived the fire is being treated at Memorial Medical Center. Chief Fustin says her condition was not known Friday morning.