Byron House Fire That Killed Mother and Child Considered ‘Suspicious’

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The house fire in Byron that left a woman and her three-year-old child dead has been declared ‘suspicious’ by fire investigators.

Margaret Meyer and her 3-year-old son Amos died in the smoky blaze.

Firefighters arrived at around 6:30am on October 19th to find the boy’s father giving CPR to him on the front lawn after he had rescued him from an upstairs bedroom at the home at 2020 Silverthorn Lane.  The man told firefighters he had arrived that morning to see smoke coming from the home, and called it in.

Margaret Meyer was inside laying dead on a couch in the downstairs living room.  Smoke detectors in the home were working.

Fire investigators said at the time that it appeared the fire started in the living room, but have now concluded it actually started the night before, on October 18th.  Even after weeks of investigation, they say they have not been able to pinpoint a cause.

Anyone with information should contact the Ogle County Sheriff’s Office at 815-732-2136. Callers can also contact the Ogle/Lee Crime Stoppers at 888-228-4488. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.

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