Region Coming Together For Young Monmouth Family Devastated By Fire

MONMOUTH — This past Friday a residential structure fire in the 800 block of North 1st Street in Monmouth, Illinois forever changed the lives of one regional family who now needs our help.

Firefighters responded at 10:16 p.m. to a report of a structure fire in the 800 block of North 1st Street, where one person remained trapped inside. Upon arrival, firefighters found fire on the first floor of the home, spreading to the second floor. Family members confirmed a child was still inside.

Ali Harnish and her two children were home when the fire began. Harnish was burned trying to rescue her three-year-old son who died at 10:59 p.m. in the fire, according to his obituary. Harnish was flown to Rockford with serious burn injuries and is in the burn unit. Ali is currently in critical condition.


The father, Andrew Fischer, says he was at work when he got the call, and by the time he got to the home it was too late.

The child who passed away was three-year-old Azazel J. Fischer, according to Warren County Coroner, Al McGuire. The family’s 2 year old daughter has second degree burns and lacerations.


Friends and family have setup a GoFundMe to assist with her medical expenses as she will spend several weeks in the ICU Burn unit and will need several procedures for skin grafts, therapy, rehab and the arrangements for her son. There is also a donation page here to help the family with medical and funeral expenses.

Please consider donating , every little bit will help this single mom in this devastating time of need as her medical expenses and care will be excessive.

Mike & Sharon Jones have designated Jones Auto Center as a drop-off location for household items Monday-Friday from 8a.m.-5p.m.

Jones Auto Center
402 South Main Street
Monmouth, IL 61462
(309) 734-8339

A fund has also been set up at Security Savings Bank, at 220 East Broadway in Monmouth, Illinois.  Contributions can be made to “The Andrew Fischer Family Benefit Fund.”  A bank representative said people can either come to the bank to donate to the fund, or they can write out a check to the bank.  If you’re sending money, be sure you make a note of reference to what the donation is for.

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