LAKE OF EGYPT – The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an apparent accidental death that happened Wednesday afternoon in a Lake of Egypt neighborhood.
Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick said around 1:45 p.m., Williamson County deputies and the Lake of Egypt Fire Department were dispatched to what was initially thought to be a vehicle fire with a person injured.
It was determined someone was burning leaves to clear a drainage ditch. The fire became uncontrollable, spreading to a nearby golf cart and vehicle parked at a neighbor’s home.
The person burning the leaves passed away from serious injuries sustained during the incident.
The Illinois State Fire Marshall’s Office, Williamson County Coroner Mike “Junior” Burke and the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office continue to investigate the incident.