House fire claims three lives on New Year's Day


Reporter - Robert Bradfield
Photojournalist - Chad Bowlin

POPE COUNTY, Ill. — Pope County Sheriff Jerry Suits says three people died in an early morning house fire.

Initial reports indicated four people were found, but the sheriff says three bodies were recovered.

Sheriff Suits says it happened around 3a.m. on Dog Island Road in Hamletsburg.

Sheriff Suits knows the identities of the victims but is not publicly releasing the information until after the coroner's investigation. 

When investigators release more information we'll update this story.  Also, be sure to watch WPSD Local 6 at 5.