Firefighters from six departments responded to structure fire at Lakewood Estates in DePue Tuesday morning that caused serious injuries to a 4-year-old boy.
DePue Fire Chief Steve Rauh said the call arrived at roughly 10:15 a.m. for a mobile home fire.
“It was pretty much fully involved when we arrived,” Rauh said.
The occupants, two adults and four children, had escaped the structure.
“When we arrived, they had all been removed and were in the ambulances,” Rauh said.
Firefighters attacked the blaze from the exterior, spraying water through broken windows and doorways until the fire was suppressed enough to send a crew inside, he said.
“We probably had the fire under control easily within an hour,” Rauh said.
DePue firefighters remained on the scene, dousing hot spots, until about 3:45 p.m. No injuries were reported in fighting the fire, Rauh said.
Heat from the burning mobile home caused the plastic skirting to melt around a mobile home next door, Rauh said. He estimated there are about 35 mobile homes in the park.
Fire departments that provided mutual aid were from Bureau, Spring Valley, Dalzell, Ladd and Princeton. Ambulances came from 10/33 Ambulance in Spring Valley and Peru Ambulance. DePue Police and the Bureau County Sheriff’s Department assisted with traffic control.
In all, about 30 firefighters responded to the scene, Rauh said.
An Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office investigator was called to the scene. The investigator said the cause of the fire is undetermined, according to Rauh.
“We don’t really know what the cause was,” Rauh said.
He said the parents, Andrew Hensley and Hannah Bisgrove, and their four children were transported to St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley for medical evaluation.
According to Bureau County Sheriff James Reed, a 4-year-old child was later transported to a Chicago pediatric burn unit.
Go Fund Me page
According to information posted on the “Help Hanna Bisgrove” Go Fund Me page organized by Priscilla Steenburgen, the mother was cooking breakfast for the younger children while the father, who works third shift, and the oldest boy were asleep.
When the fire was first noticed, “Mom got the three youngest kids out, but the fire was between where she was and where dad and Chase were sleeping toward the back of the home. Dad woke up and got out, barefoot. He then broke the window to Chase’s room and pulled him out. Sadly, Chase was already badly burned — but alive! His dad was burned on his feet and broke his hand from trying to get back inside.”
The family lost all its belongings in the fire.
As of 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Go Fund Me page had generated $3,735 in donations toward a goal of $8,800.
For those who wish to donate clothing, sizes are: Mom, XL in both, 9 shoes; Dad, XL and 36 waist and 11 shoes; Boy, size 4; Girl, size 5T; twins are 18-24 months; diapers are 4-5; Pullups are 5-6T. For donations, call 815-876-6381.