3 killed, 1 injured in Bettendorf house fire
BETTENDORF, Iowa (KWQC) - A third person has died as a result of their injuries after a fire broke out in a Bettendorf home on Thursday.
The Bettendorf Police Department has already released the names of two of the residents who passed away. Robert Wickham, 66, and Taylor Treanton, 5, died at the hospital of smoke inhalation.
On Tuesday, police announced Mary Wickham, 63, passed away on Saturday. She was last reported to be in critical condition.
The fourth resident of the home, 18-year-old Jodd Wickham has been released from the hospital with minor injuries.
The fire happened at 9 Riverview Lane on Thursday, Jan. 14.
Crews found the fire on the split-level home’s main level, which had also extended to the back of the home.
Police say Jodd escaped on his own and reported three others still in the home.
Crews found Robert, Taylor and Mary and brought them outside for care and transport. All four were taken to area hospitals.
The fire is under investigation. Police don’t believe it to be suspicious.
The Bettendorf Community School District released a statement, as the family lived next door to Neil Armstrong Elementary School. They say in part:
This is a sad and tragic day for all of us in the Bettendorf Community School District and the broader community. We have come to learn about the passing of members of a Bettendorf family due to the tragic home fire on Thursday. Words cannot begin to express our feelings of pain and grief over the loss of life. In addition to a Bettendorf parent, one of our precious preschool students has passed and one of our high school students and a parent were injured. We pray for their quick recovery.
We will have additional counselors available to address the needs of students and staff members within the District and will continue to provide support to our school families as we process this painful event. Thank you for all you do to support our students and each other during this difficult time!
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. No other information was released Thursday night.
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