ROCK FALLS – One person is dead after a fire reported at 12:08 p.m. today at 507 Sixth Ave. in Rock Falls, fire officials said.
Whiteside County Coroner Joe McDonald identified the deceased man as John Hildebrand Jr., 62, in an email Sunday afternoon. McDonald said Hildebrand was known as the home's resident.
There appears to be two houses at that address; the fire broke out in a yellow one-story structure. When firefighters entered the home, they found an occupant inside, dead, Rock Falls police said in a news release.
An autopsy will be done and the cause of the fire is being investigated, the release said, adding that no further information would be released until Monday.