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Fundraiser established to assist family after fatal fire in Minooka

Minooka boy, grandmother were killed in fire on Feb. 14

A Go Fund Me page has been set up to support the family of a grandmother and grandson who died in a house fire last week in Minooka.

The fire happened around 1 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 14. Minooka police and the Channahon Fire Protection District were called to the home at 24515 S. Bell Rd. for a report of a fire with people possibly trapped.

Upon arrival, crews reported heavy fire in the one story ranch home, according to a news release from the Channahon Fire Protection District. Two people, a woman and child, had escaped the home, but two others were trapped inside.

The trapped residents were located inside the home. Five-year-old Waveland Fitch was pronounced dead on the scene by the Will County Coroner.

His grandmother, 57-year-old Susan M. Weber, was taken to Morris Hospital where she was pronounced dead in the emergency room, according to the Grundy County Coroner's Office.

The other two occupants, the child's mother and sibling, were treated and released from Morris Hospital.

Fire crews worked to extinguish the fire until about 2 a.m. The investigation continues with the State Fire Marshal, Minooka Police and Channahon Fire, the Will County Coroner’s Office and the Grundy County Coroner’s Office. A preliminary cause of the fire has not been released.

A Go Fund Me page was set up over the weekend to assist the family.

"So many individuals have graciously asked how they can help," a statement on the fundraising page read. "The family will have the hefty emotional burden of unexpectedly laying to rest two loved ones. Please support if you can financially ... Any remaining funds will be used as the family sees fit."

The fundraiser is being organized by a family friend. The fundraiser has so far raised more than $8,000 of its $20,000 goal.

The Go Fund Me page can be found at by searching "Waveland Fitch and Susan Weber."

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