On Thursday morning, at approximately 12:15 a.m. the Hancock County Communications Center received a report of a fire located in Crystal Lake. The Crystal Lake Fire Department, West Hancock Ambulance Service, and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched.
A residential structure was on fire located in the 100 block of East 2nd Street. The Crystal Lake Fire Department requested mutual aid assistance. The Britt Fire Department, Woden Fire Department, and the Forest City Fire Department responded.
The fire resulted in two fatalities of a father and son, but no names were released by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office. The youth attended kindergarten at the Forest City Community School District. The district has a Crisis Intervention Team made up of professionals trained to help with the needs of students, parents, and school personnel during difficult times such as this.
The cause of the fire is unknown and under investigation by the State Fire Marshal Office.