On March 24th at approximately 8:32 p.m., the Dixon Police Department responded to a residence located in the 800 block of East Graham Street for a welfare check. The caller indicated that they could hear a smoke alarm that had been going off inside of a neighboring residence for the past two hours. The caller had attempted to make contact with the resident, but was unable to get anyone to answer. Officers made entry into the residence and located the body of a deceased female in the living room of the residence. The body of the female was burnt. Investigators responded to the scene and assistance was elicited from the Dixon Fire Department, the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal, the Illinois State Police – Crime Scene Services, the Lee County State’s Attorney’s Office, and the Lee County Coroner’s Office.
Upon examination of the scene, it was believed that the clothing of the female caught on fire in the kitchen and that she attempted to extinguish the fire by rolling on the floor in the living room. Unfortunately, she was unable to extinguish the burning clothes and she succumbed to injuries from the fire. The female was identified as 31-year old Felicia Morris. It was learned that Ms. Morris suffered from a physical handicap that may have been a contributing factor that prevented her from being able to extinguish the fire. An autopsy was conducted on March 25th, and the death of Felicia Morris was deemed to be fire related in nature. Investigators have ruled out any foul play in the investigation, and the death appears to be accidental.