Woman Dies in Illinois Fire

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apartment fireStockton, IL -- One woman died and several people were evacuated when an apartment caught fire in Jo Daviess County.

The fire was reported at 5:10am on Saturday.  The first responding officer tried to get into the apartment that was on fire, but the heat and smoke was too much for him to enter.  The halls and other units in the apartment building began filling with smoke, so officers began to evacuate the other residents.

One person who was evacuated was unresponsive and carried out of the building.

The resident who lived in the apartment where the fire originated - 21 year old Stephanie Brzezinkski - was killed.  Her three pets were also killed in the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.