Fatal fire in Wyoming

Firefighters work to clear the fire from the second story.

Mother saves 12 day old infant

Wyoming – The Wyoming-Speer and Toulon Fire Departments were called at approximately 10:30 a.m. Monday morning January 30, 2017 to a house fire located at 900 N. Galena Avenue, in Wyoming, Illinois. A young mother, Shelby Carter, 21-years-old and her 12-day-old baby were the only occupants.

Firefighters discovered the baby outside of the home and it was taken immediately to OSF St. Luke Medical Center, in Kewanee, and later transported to OSF St. Francis Hospital, in Peoria.

Shelby had made an emergency 9-1-1 call, which was routed to Marshall County and then transferred to Stark County Sheriff’s Office. She heroically put her baby into a car seat and dropped the baby from a second level window to the ground. Her body was discovered by firefighters still on the second floor, where she had succumbed to the fire. She was pronounced dead at 1:02 p.m.

A State Fire Marshall was on the scene investigating the cause of the fire with Wyoming Chief of Police, Mark James and Stark County Deputy Sheriff Charles Demetreon. Further details will be released at a later time.

Donations may be made to Kathy Hardy Family Fund, c/o Better Banks, PO Box 230, Wyoming IL 61491.

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