Updated: Coroner IDs 3-year-old victim of Danville fire

Updated: Coroner IDs 3-year-old victim of Danville fire

DANVILLE — A 3-year-old twin girl died from smoke inhalation and thermal burns in a house fire late Saturday night, according to the Vermilion County coroner’s office.

Coroner Peggy Johnson released Monday morning the results of the preliminary autopsy of the toddler, Mazzie Breanne Cox, who was pronounced dead at 3:30 a.m. Sunday at the scene of a house fire at 1208 N. Franklin St. in Danville.

The first floor of the two-story, wood-frame house was fully involved in flames when firefighters arrived shortly after 11:30 p.m. Saturday, according to Public Safety Director Larry Thomason. He said the little girl was found on the first floor toward the front of the house. 

Crews had the fire under control within 45 minutes, Thomason said, but were unable to enter the house prior to that due to heavy smoke and flames.

Thomason said candles were being used in the house because there was no power to the residence, but the official cause of the fire has not yet been determined and is still under investigation by the Danville fire department and the state fire marshal’s office.

“It’s going to take us a little (while),” Thomason said Monday of determining the cause.

Thomason said a couple of adults were able to escape the burning residence, as did Mazzie’s twin sister. According to reports from the scene, Thomason said the mother of the twins was in a second-floor area and was forced to escape through a window. She and Mazzie’s twin sister were rushed by Medix to Presence United Medical Center for treatment of injuries, according to Thomason. 

No one else was injured, he said.

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