The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 1:00 am

2nd child dies following Chancery fire

DAVE GONG | For The Journal Gazette

A second child has died following a Thursday house fire on Fort Wayne's southwest side, the Allen County corner's office said Monday. 

Eleven-month-old Lilly DeFord died Friday after being pulled from a Thursday morning house fire in the 3800 block of Chancery Place, along with her sister, 2-year-old Hazel DeFord. Hazel died Thursday. 

An autopsy was completed, and the cause and manner of death for both siblings is pending, according to the coroner's office. Lilly is the eighth person to die in a house fire this year. 

Crews responded to 3812 Chancery Place just before 5 a.m. and located four victims in the living room, which was on fire, according to the Fort Wayne Fire Department.

Another sibling and the children's mother were also taken to a hospital in critical condition.

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