A 75-year-old woman died after inhaling smoke during a house fire early Thursday morning in Alton, coroner officials said.
Judith Kay Littleton died at her home in the 3200 block of Duco Street after it caught fire around 6 a.m. Thursday, according to Madison County Coroner Stephen Nonn.
Because Littleton does not have any immediate family members who are still alive, the coroner’s office is seeking assistance from distant relatives in planning funeral arrangements for the woman.
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Nonn said examiners identified her body using medical records. He noted they are still waiting for additional laboratory results, including routine drug and alcohol screenings.
The Alton Police Department, along with assistance from the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal, is still investigating the fire.