McHENRY – Firefighters determined that a fire that killed a 12-year-old McHenry girl started in a kitchen/living room area on the first floor, making it difficult for occupants on the second floor to escape.
The fire on March 8 killed Dayana Garcia, while her parents, two younger brothers and older brother managed to escape their Parkway Avenue home.
A joint investigation by the state fire marshal, McHenry Township Fire Protection District and McHenry police determined that the cause of the blaze was accidental.
Organizers have set up a website to collect donations for Garcia’s family. To date, they have raised $2,075. Donations can be made online at http://shawurl.com/jmr.
McHenry Fire Chief Tony Huemann reminded residents to have a working fire alarm on each level of a home.
– Chelsea McDougall