ALTON, Ill. (KMOV) – Authorities say a woman who was found inside a burned-out home early Wednesday, killed herself.
Fire fighters were called to the scene of a one-story house fire at 1:30 a.m. on the 1900 block of Orchard Blvd. They initiated a search after neighbors told crews there could be three people inside.
Fire crews found Stacy White, 43, dead in the basement of the home. Her two children were not inside the house and were later found at their father’s home, unharmed.
According to the Alton police, White set the fire and then hanged herself.
The Alton Fire Chief Bernie Sebold reports the fire started inside an enclosed carport then quickly extended into the home. The heavy flames caused a partial collapse of the house.