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Rescue by neighbors saves one life in Beloit fatal fire

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BELOIT (WKOW) -- A Beloit fire that claimed two lives Wednesday was prevented from resulting in an even a greater tragedy, thanks to the emergency response by neighbors.

"My daughter heard yelling," Robin Isely tells 27 News. "She could heard screaming, yelling, 'Fire! Help! Help!' " 

From down the street from the flames and smoke at 1950 Fairview Drive, Isely says she began yelling to her adult son.

"  'Get the ladder! Get the ladder! We've got to get her out! ' Isely says she told her son. "And he brought the ladder and he dragged her out of the window in the back corner of the house," Isely tells 27 News.

Authorities say the rescued woman, 60-year old Caren Christensen, had become sealed off from her husband, Clint, who had fought through the fire to get to the other side of the burning home and the bedroom of the couple's 33-year old daughter, Jamie. Officials say both father and daughter perished in the fire.

"He had tried to shelter her from the fire and the heat," Rock County deputy coroner Louis Smit tells 27 News.

"Apparently (he) had laid on top of her and did his best to protect her," Smit says.

"I mean the whole house was just up in flames," Isley tells 27 News.

Beloit deputy fire chief Joe Murray says an arriving police officer forced his way into the home, but the intense heat prevented him from getting to the victims. Murray tells 27 News firefighters had to battle flames prior to staging their rescue effort.

The fire's cause remains under investigation. Smith says autopsies on the fatal victims are scheduled Thursday.

Authorities say Caren Christensen remains hospitalized in critical condition. Isely tells 27 News she's hopeful, because Christensen was able to communicate with her and emergency personnel during her time at the fire scene.

"I'm so proud of my kids," Isely says.  "My daughter, I mean we're three, almost four houses away, and for her to be able to hear her yelling. And my son for being tall enough and strong enough to be able to pull her out of the window. It was quite something, something you'll never forget."


BELOIT (WKOW) --  The Rock County Coroner's Office has identified two people who died in an early morning fire in Beloit.

Clint Christensen, 61 and Jamie Christensen, 33 are deceased. Clint's wife, Caren Christensen, 60, is listed in critical condition at a local hospital. Beloit Police Department Captain Dan Risse says Jamie was Clint and Caren's daughter.  The Beloit Daily News reports Clint died while trying to shield his daughter from the fire.

The Beloit Fire Department is investigating the fire. The State Fire Marshal has been called in to help.

Photos above are from Alice Sherock.


BELOIT (WKOW) -- Two people die at the scene of a fire in Beloit and one person is in critical condition at the hospital.

According to the Beloit Police Department, the fire started around 4:00 a.m. on the 1900 block of Fairview Drive in Beloit.

Beloit Fire personnel arrived on scene and extinguished the fire and conducted rescue efforts.  Three fire victims were located at the scene.  One adult victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of fire related injuries. The victim is in critical condition.  Two additional adult victims died at the scene.

The Rock County Coroner's Office was notified and has responded to the scene.

The incident remains under investigation by the Beloit Fire Department in regards to the origin and cause of the fire.  Beloit Police are assisting with the investigation and conducting the related death investigations.

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