87-year-old Decatur woman killed in fire caused by SUV crash

November 23, 2019 GMT

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — An 87-year-old woman is dead after her Decatur house erupted in fire when an SUV crashed into it and ruptured a gas line.

The (Decatur) Herald & Review reports that the woman was in her home late Friday night when a 17-year-old crashed into the house. By the time firefighters arrived, the house was fully engulfed in flames and the woman’s body was found after the blaze was extinguished. Her name has not been released.

The teenager whose name has not been released was taken to an area hospital and later arrested for driving under the influence. Police say other charges are pending.