PARIS, Ill. (WCIA) — Edgar County Coroner Scott Barrett has confirmed one person died Monday in a Paris apartment fire.
First responders were called out just before 5 p.m. Monday to a structure fire in the 500 block of South Central Avenue.
Arriving at the scene, Paris firefighters made entry into the apartment building. Crews were then told that all people inside the building, except for one, had been accounted for.
That man was Larry P. Arrasmith, 54. Initially, first responders thought he had made it out but had not checked in with his family yet.
He was reported missing Wednesday morning. After two days of searching debris from the fire, his remains were located by the Illinois State Fire Marshall on Wednesday afternoon.
Coroner Barrett pronounced him dead at the scene. Edgar County Coroner, Scott Barrett, has ruled the death of Larry P. Arrasmith, 54, of Paris as an accident. An autopsy done at Terre Haute Regional Hospital on Thursday morning by Forensic Pathologist, Dr. Dele Adeagbo, revealed that the cause of death was a combination of thermal exposure, smoke inhalation, and cardiac arrest. It is believed that while Mr. Arrasmith was trying to get out of the apartment that he was overtaken by the high temperatures and smoke from the fire. The stress of the situation caused him to go into cardiac arrest.
The family posted a message on Facebook. It says: “From the family of Larry Arrasmith. We would like to thank the Paris Fire Department for finding our loved one and giving us closure. We know there are a lot of opinions going around about how you did your jobs; However nobody knows what the situation was like. We appreciate your efforts. There is just a lot of hurt and confusion going around right now. But we are grateful for the job that you do. Thank you.”
The State Fire Marshall’s office and the Paris Fire Department continue to investigate the cause of the fire.