One arrested in connection to Vermilion fatal house fire

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EDGAR COUNTY, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) – One person was arrested Monday in connection to a fatal residential house fire in March.

26-year-old Stefanie L. Sanders of Tuscola was taken into custody on two counts of First Degree Murder (Class X felony), two counts of Involuntary Manslaughter (Class 3 felony), one count of Aggravated Arson (Class X felony), and one count of Residential Arson (Class 1 Felony).

Illinois State Police were requested to investigate after a fatal house fire that occurred March 1, 2021 in the 100 block of Water Street in Vermilion, IL. Sanders was taken into custody Monday afternoon in Charleston.

Anyone wishing to provide additional information regarding this investigation or other crimes are encouraged to contact the Illinois State Police Division of Criminal Investigations, Zone 5 at (217) 278-5004 (tip line, callers can remain anonymous), or by email at

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