An early morning house fire caused a fatality, according to a release from the Clinton Fire Department.
At approximately 2 a.m., firefighters were dispatched to the property at 2100 N. 6th St. to combat flames that “fully involved” the house, and were coming out of the door.
Firefighters initially fought the blaze with a 21⁄2-inch hand line as the house was fully engulfed by the fire. Further defensive actions were taken as the fire spread, including a Blitz fire master stream and an elevated master stream from the ladder truck. It took approximately 30 minutes for the fire to be controlled, though firefighters remained on scene to combat hot spots.
Once the fire was under control, emergency personnel were able to confirm the fatality. The name of the deceased has not been released pending notification of the family.
Ten firefighters responded to the initial call, with four additional personnel responding later, as well as the fire marshal and the fire chief. Investigations are ongoing by the Clinton Fire Department, the Clinton Police Department, and the Clinton County MEI. The cause of the fire remains under investigation as well. Updates will be provided as information becomes available.