15 month old Ella Cain, daughter of Elvis Cain and Sarah Ginster of Quincy was airlifted after being burned in a fire that started around 6:15 yesterday (Tuesday) morning in the upper floor of a two story home in Quincy. Ella’s brother, five year old Grady Ginster left his upstairs bedroom on Ohio street in Quincy and told his mother, who had fallen asleep on a couch downstairs, that he smelled smoke. Sara Ginster tried to make it upstairs to rescue her daughter. When she couldn’t, she broke out windows on the main floor of the home to get herself and her son Grady, out. Elvis Cain was at work. Luckily, Ella’s grandfather, Robert Cain of Quincy was at home. Cain owned the house, and lived next door. Cain had tried, but was unable to rescue young Ella. However, Cain gave firemen a detailed description of where his granddaughter was located, they were able to find her. Ella was airlifted to a hospital in Springfield Illinois, where at last report she was listed in critical condition with burns over fifty percent of her body. No one else was injured in the blaze, which was believed to have been electrical in nature.
Unfortunately, a four month old involved in a fire Tuesday afternoon in Hamilton Illinois died as a result of the blaze. The Hamilton fire and police departments responded to a structure fire at 2:15 p.m. at 944 Broadway in a multi-unit apartment building owned by Steve Froman. The names of those involved in that fire have not been released. The 900 Block in Hamilton is part of Hamilton’s business district, with businesses on the first floor and apartments upstairs. Officials report about 18 to 20 people had to be rescued from the buildings, many of them by ladder. Crews from the Hamilton, Warsaw, Carthage and Keokuk Fire Departments all battled the blaze. tenants of the buildings were treated for minor smoke inhalation at the scene by the Hancock County Ambulance services. the American Red Cross is also assisting the families in need. The Illinois State Fire Marshall’s office is investigating the blaze, but they don’t believe foul play was involved.