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5-year-old child dies in Alton apartment fire

5-year-old child dies in Alton apartment fire


UPDATED at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday with detail about a fire last week in Alton.

ALTON — A 5-year-old boy died of injuries in an apartment fire Monday night in Alton, authorities said.

The Alton police chief identified the child as Malachi D. Scruggs.

Firefighters were called at 7:20 p.m. Monday to an apartment at 356 Mitchell Street, east of State Street. The apartment is in the Landing at Belle Meadows complex.

When police and firefighters arrived, they saw black smoke coming from the upper-floor rear window, the fire chief's office said Tuesday.

Police Chief Marcos​ D. Pulido said the apartment was engulfed in flames as firefighters tried to put out the blaze while searching for the child. They found the boy and rushed him to an Alton hospital, where he died, Pulido said. The results of an autopsy are pending.

The Illinois state fire marshal is investigating.

No firefighters were hurt in the blaze, which was the second fatal fire in Alton within the past five days.

In an early morning fire on Thursday, LaDon Mick, 63, died at her home in the 1600 block of Nolte Place in Alton. Her dog also died in the blaze. That fire also is under investigation.

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