UPDATE: Man dead in Beloit house fire identified

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Shelly Birkelo
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

BELOIT—The person who died in a house fire early Tuesday is Thomas A. Jenks, 53, according to Rock County Acting Coroner Lou Smit.

An autopsy will be conducted today or Wednesday, Smit said.

Initial reports indicate one person was out of the home when firefighters arrived, and another person pulled out by firefighters was unhurt.

A third individual pulled from the basement and taken to Beloit Memorial Hospital  died, said Beloit Fire Chief Tim Curtis.

Cause of and damage from the single-family residential fire at 1914 Grant St. are not known at this time, Curtis said. The fire was reported at 3 a.m.

The American Red Cross reports three adults lived in the house, which sustained "major damage."

The Red Cross supplied survivors with clothing, medications, food and housing, according to a news release.

Fire departments from Janesville, town of Turtle and town of Beloit in Wisconsin, and South Beloit, North Park and Boone County in Illinois provided mutual aid.

Curtis said one firefighter suffered minor injuries.

The 1900 block of Grant remains blocked to traffic.

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