Fire breaks out at home in Quincy

303 Ohio in Quincy

UPDATED: January 4 at 3:43 p.m.

Fifteen-month-old Ella Cain remains in critical condition.

We will continue to bring you updates as they are released to us.


An infant remains in critical condition at a Springfield hospital after a fire broke out early Tuesday morning at the Cain/Ginster home at 303 Ohio in Quincy.

The Quincy Fire Department confirmed the cause of Tuesday's fire was electrical, an accidental overload of an extension cord. Firefighters responded to the scene after 6:15 a.m. and were able to contain the fire within a half hour.

Elvis Cain and Sarah Ginster had already evacuated the home with their 7-year-old son Grady, but were unable to reach their 14-month-old Ella.

Lt. Eric Becks and Firefighter Justin Twaddle were the first on scene. Both were immediately flagged down by panicking family members.

"They were told at that time that there was still a child inside," said Fire Chief Joe Henning. "My understanding was mom was home with the two kids. Mom was asleep downstairs on the second level. The older child came downstairs and basically woke mom up, and mom was not able to get upstairs to get to the other one."

After several rescue attempts from family members, Becks and Twaddle took over.

"They grabbed the child, pulled the child outside and in my understanding, when they got outside of the house, they initiated some mouth to mouth with the child and at that time, the ambulance had arrived and they passed the child off to the ambulance," said Henning.

Baby Ella was transported to Blessing Hospital and later air lifted to St. John's Hospital in Springfield.

Back at home, fire crews worked to determine the cause of the fire.

"After an investigation, it was determined to be an accidental fire, or electrical in nature. There were a lot of extension cords being used and space heaters plugged in. Probably an overloaded electrical system," said Henning.

Henning says there is a big lesson to take away from this.

"There were no operational smoke alarms on the second floor of the home. There was one activated on the first floor but the smoke had not come down at that point. I think we had a situation where early notification might have prevented this from going down the way it did," said Henning.

"All we can do is pray and hope that everything turns out all right," said Henning.

Becks and Twaddle were also taken to Blessing Hospital with burns.
Twaddle had significant burns to his ear, but is said to be okay. Becks had burns to his wrist.

We're told the grandfather of the child was also treated for smoke inhalation after attempting to rescue the child himself.