- Associated Press - Thursday, February 6, 2014

STERLING, Ill. (AP) - Authorities have identified a 58-year-old man who died in a fire that destroyed an abandoned western Illinois duplex.

The (Sterling) Daily Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1kYErcC ) Tuesday’s blaze killed John Ennells of Sterling.

Authorities say the fatal fire was started accidentally. Ennells’ body was found in a second-floor bedroom.

Fire officials have said they believed the man was homeless. No utilities were working in the building.

Firefighters were called to the scene at about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, and it took about 40 minutes to bring the fire under control.

Deputy Fire Chief Mike Dettman says an investigation into the fire is continuing.

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Information from: The Daily Gazette, https://www.saukvalley.com


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