House fire claims life of elderly Buncombe woman

UNION COUNTY — An elderly woman died in a house fire Tuesday morning in Union County.

The Union County Sheriff’s Office says the victim is believed to be 87-year-old Lou Etta Rion of Buncombe.

Around 2:45 a.m., firefighters from the Anna, Cobden and Dongola fire departments responded to the fire at 9960 Lick Creek Road in Buncombe.

Then shortly after 10 a.m., Rion’s body was found after the aftermath of the fire with the help of firefighters and the Union County Highway Department.

The investigation into the fire continues by the Anna Fire Department, the State Fire Marshal’s office, Illinois State Police and the Union County Sheriff’s Office.

An autopsy on Rion’s body was scheduled for last night.