Benton Woman Injured In Fire

(BENTON, IL) — A Benton woman is recovering from injuries she suffered in a house fire around 9 Monday morning at 502 N. McLeansboro St. in Benton. Benton Fire Chief Shane Cockrum says when firefighters arrived; they found heavy smoke coming from the eaves on all four sides of the home. Firefighters found the woman semi conscious just outside of the home. She had been pulled from the burning home by a passerby through the bedroom window. The victim suffered severe burns and smoke inhalation. She was taken away by Abbot EMS and later flown to an undisclosed St. Louis hospital for treatment. In addition, several dogs were believed to be living in the home. Three of the four dogs died from smoke inhalation and one dog was taken to Franklin County Animal Control in good condition. Firefighters brought the fire under control just after 10. No working smoke detectors were identified.  No firefighters were injured. The state fire marshal was called in to help investigate the fire. The cause is still not known at this time, but it does not appear to be suspicious in nature. Benton Police along with the West City, West Frankfort, Sesser and Ewing Northern fire departments assisted Benton Fire with the fire.