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Woman who died in Geneseo house fire identified

Two other people were able to safely get out of the home, according to the Geneseo Police Department.

GENESEO, Ill. — One woman is dead after a house fire in Geneseo late Friday night.

The fire happened at 11:42 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 23, at a single-family home in the 500 block of North Meadow Street. That is just south of Geneseo Middle School on the north side of town.

Police arrived at the scene and found smoke and flames coming from the house. Two people were able to safely escape the fire, but told police another woman was still inside, according to a statement from the Geneseo Police Department.

Geneseo police officers and deputies from the Henry County Sheriff's office went into the building to rescue the woman still inside. However, the officers had to leave because of flames and smoke.

The woman was later found dead inside the home. Authorities identified her as 51-year-old Amy M. Howard on Tuesday. She died from smoke inhalation.

One Geneseo police officer and one Henry County Sheriff's Office deputy were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation, according to the police department's statement. Police did not say in their statement if anyone else was hurt during the fire.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Illinois State fire marshal.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to contact the Geneseo Police Department at 309-944-5141.

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Posted by Geneseo, Illinois Police Department on Saturday, December 24, 2022

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