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QFD: Cause of deadly Elkton Hotel fire may never be known

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

One person has died and four others were taken to the hospital in Quincy Monday after an early morning fire on Elkton Hotel's fourth floor.

Quincy Fire Chief Joe Henning said the fire started at 1:36 a.m.

Adams County Coroner James Keller identified the victim as Laura Tournear. He said she was pronounced dead at the scene at 3 a.m. He said a post mortem examination would be conducted later Monday afternoon.

Residents had to be evacuated from the building into freezing cold temperatures where they were cared for by the Red Cross. 

According to the building's owner, most residents were expected to be allowed to return Tuesday.

There was significant fire damage to the affected room, smoke damage throughout the building and water damage to several floors.

One person was rescued with an external ladder, according to Henning.

Chief Henning said extreme cold weather complicated efforts to battle the blaze.

"We've got two trucks froze up right now," Henning said. "We're in the process of trying to get them back to the station so that they can thaw out. It's just bitterly cold out here and it makes it very difficult to do a firefighting operation."

Quincy Fire Assistant Chief James Pioch said the cause of the fire may never be known because the fire started on top of a bed, and the mattress was very badly burned.

The Quincy Police Crime Scene Unit truck could be seen outside the hotel for several hours after the fire. 

RELATED: The Elkton Hotel also caught on fire in December 2014. 

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