Police identify woman who died in Rock Falls apartment building fire

100 residents of the 9-story apartment building have been displaced because of the fire.
Published: Mar. 5, 2021 at 11:45 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 9, 2021 at 3:27 AM CST
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ROCK FALLS, Illinois (KWQC) - Officials have released the name of a woman found dead following a fire at a Rock Falls apartment building Friday night.

Rock Falls Police responded to a report of a fire around 9:46 p.m. at Civic Plaza I in the 1100 block of 5th Avenue. The nine-story apartment building is occupied by more than 100 residents, according to a news release. Officers assisted in securing the scene and evacuating residents.

Officials said when fire personnel arrived, they found 59-year-old Eunice D. Karr, a resident of the building, dead. Over 100 residents have been displaced. Most of them are elderly and handicapped residents.

An investigation for the cause of the fire is being conducted by the Illinois Fire Marshal’s office with the assistance of Rock Falls Police and Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services.

Rock Falls police wanted to recognize and thank the following for their assistance: Salvation Army, Red Cross, First Student, Winning Wheels, Super 8, Days Inn, Country Inn Suites, Holiday Inn Express and the Whiteside County Housing Authority.

Meanwhile, the police department is asking members of the community to no longer donate to those who have been displaced by the fire. In a news release Tuesday, the department said the community response has been overwhelming, and no further donations of clothing or personal items are being accepted since the current needs have been met. The department also asks that donations not be dropped off at the hotels, which are not equipped for handling such donations.

Arrangements are being made for the acceptance of cash donations at Sauk Valley Bank, which should be in place on Thursday, March 11.

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