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Rockford, IL (December 10, 2019) – The victim who succumbed to her injuries related to a fire at the Great Oaks Apartment complex on December 5.   The victim was identified by Winnebago County Coroner’s Office on Tuesday, December 10, as Tamera Adams, 60.

The fire took place early in the morning hours on December 5, and firefighters were on the scene by 6:30 a.m. working to put out the flames. The fire was so devastating that there were reports of families throwing their children off of their balconies to rescue them from the fire. The fire which took place in the apartment complex off Linden Road quickly engulfed the building.  

Efforts made by many surrounding fire departments assisted the Cherry Valley Fire Department to put out the blaze and help rescue others stranded in the building. As a result of the massive fire, firefighters rescued at least four people from balconies and one firefighter suffered minor burns in the process. Six apartments were destroyed and Adams lost her life. She was pronounced dead at 7:55 a.m.

After the devastating fire was put out a gas leak occurred which prompted crews to shut off utilities as a safety measure. The cause of the apartment fire is still unknown. 

The authorities are investigating.

Our thoughts are with the family of Tamera Adams during this difficult time and we are also thinking about those families displaced by the fire.

Fire Accident Injuries In Rockford

Rockford, IL - UPDATE-Victim Who Died In The Great Oaks Apartment Complex IdentifiedThere were almost 150 fire-related deaths reported by FEMA in 2017 alone. In 2017, residential structure fires accounted for the most damages in Illinois averaging 7.1 deaths and 30 injuries in the state. The national average of deaths from residential structure fires is 6.1 and 30 injuries putting residents of Illinois at a higher risk for bodily damages and death from fires when compared to the rest of the country.

When you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault or if a loved one has died from the recklessness of another party, you need to protect your legal rights and see justice. The Alexander J. Smith Law Offices have the Janesville wrongful death attorneys you need for effective legal representation. Fire injuries can be very severe and require intensive treatment and therapy. This is why you need you to obtain the highest amount of compensation for your losses. 

The Janesville personal injury lawyers at Alexander J. Smith Law Offices are here to help you with your personal injury claim. Call us today to set up a free consultation at (608) 237-7035 for residents of Wisconsin or (815) 2439686 for residents of Illinois. Our highly knowledgeable Wisconsin and Illinois personal injury attorneys are here for you to discuss your accident experience.

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