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Woman, four children dead in Sherrard fire

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SHERRARD, Illinois - Five people, including a woman and four children at a sleepover, are dead after being trapped inside a burning home early Wednesday morning.

The fire broke out around 1:00 a.m. at a home in the 1300 block of 300th Street. 

The Mercer County Coroner reports that a father and two sons made it out of the fire, but a woman and four children, the oldest 15, died.

The home is destroyed. 

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Report from the Associated Press:

SHERRARD, Ill. (AP) - Authorities say a fire that swept through a western Illinois mobile home has killed five people, including four children at a sleepover.

Mercer County Coroner Ron McNall says the victims of the blaze in the small village of Sherrard included an adult woman, and that the oldest among the children killed was just 15 years of age.

Their identities have not been released.

McNall says a man managed to escape the fire with 2 of his sons. The man tried to re-enter the burning structure but that the flames thwarted his rescue efforts. He sustained burns and was taken to a hospital.

McNall says the cause of the fire hasn't been determined.

Sherrard is a village of about 640 people located 180 miles west of Chicago.

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