Damage may prevent the cause of a fire that killed an infant boy last week from ever being determined.

Eleven-month-old Blaze McLain was one of three people caught in a fire just before 1 p.m. March 4 in a two-story home at 7995E 370N between Sidell and Indianola.

Courtney Jones, 21, was able to get out of the home along with her 3-year-old son. Her other son — set to turn 1-year-old this week — could not be retrieved from the fire.

January Smith, spokeswoman for the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office, said Monday the fire remains under investigation.

However, given the extensive damage to the home, it’s believed the cause will remain undetermined.

The fire, fed by strong winter winds, engulfed the home quickly, leaving little but a foundation left as a result.

Carroll Township Volunteer Fire Chief Ron Hubbard surmised at the time that the fire did not leave enough of the structure to investigate.

Sheriff’s department investigators assisted at the scene by conducting interviews regarding the fire. Capt. Rod Kaag, chief investigator for the sheriff’s department, said last week the cause of the fire did not appear suspicious.

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