Update at 3:10 p.m.
DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) — The Macon County Coroner has identified the man who died in a Saturday morning house fire in Decatur.
Coroner Michael E. Day has confirmed that 79-year-old John R. McKinney died in his home during the fire. Neighbors called in the fire around 7:30 a.m. By the time firefighters arrived on scene and found McKinney, the home was heavily damaged.
A preliminary autopsy conducted by the McLean County Coroner’s Morgue suggests that the cause of death was carbon monoxide intoxication from smoke and soot inhalation. The Macon County Coroner’s Office said an inquest is pending.
DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) — The Decatur Fire Department responded to a house fire early Saturday morning that left one man dead.
At 7:32 a.m., fire crews were dispatched to the area of West Hunt Street and North Taylor Avenue in response to fire at a single-story home, possibly with a person still inside. Once on the scene, firefighters found heavy fire and smoke coming from the front of the house.
Firefighters quickly put out the fire with hoses and through venting the roof. It was extinguished in less than half an hour. The fire was determined to have started in the living room.
The reported occupant was found in the kitchen. The man had been hurt in the fire and died as a result, Decatur Fire said.
The victim’s identity has not been released at this time. The Decatur Fire Department, Office of the State Fire Marshal, Decatur Police Department, and the Macon County Coroner are working together to investigate the cause of the fire.
Decatur Fire noted that no working smoke detectors were heard or found during the incident. They and other officials urge everyone to check smoke alarms in their homes and change the batteries as needed.