81-Year Old Woman Identified In Fatal Fire

GRANITE CITY – Madison County Coroner Stephen P. Nonn is identifying a Granite City, Illinois resident that tragically lost her life following a fire occurring at her residence in the 3100 Block of West Chain of Rocks Road, in Granite City, Illinois on Wednesday, March 16, 2022. The fire was reported to 9-1-1 at approximately 11:33 pm. She was identified as one:    

Anna M. Rookard 81 YOA

Female/White – DOB: 12/12/1940

Granite City, Illinois

Rookard was pronounced deceased at the scene by Madison County Coroner’s Office Investigator Kelsey Jones at 12:30 am, March 17, 2022. When Mitchell Fire Department Units arrived at the scene, they found the residence to be fully engulfed in flames. When the fire was extinguished Rookard’s body was then located inside of the residence.

An autopsy examination has been completed and the preliminary findings of the examination shows that the decedent suffered from smoke inhalation. A final cause and manner of death will be issued upon completion of toxicological testing and the investigation.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Madison County Sheriff’s Department, Mitchell Fire Department, State of Illinois Fire Marshall and the Madison County Coroner’s Office. 

Funeral arrangements remain pending at this time.

Chris Rhodes
Author: Chris Rhodes

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