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Elderly man dies, his Collinsville house destroyed by fire

The burned remains of the Crandall Street house fire in Collinsville, which resulted in a fatality.
The burned remains of the Crandall Street house fire in Collinsville, which resulted in a fatality. snagy@bnd.com

An 86-year-old man was found dead Sunday in a Collinsville house fire, according to Capt. David Meadows with the Collinsville Fire Department.

“The fire was very advanced upon arrival,” Meadows said. “There was no opportunity for any rescue at all.”

The victim was identified as Grover E. Johnson, of Collinsville, according to the Madison County Coroner’s Office.

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The time of death was 9:20 a.m. and was pronounced by Coroner’s investigator Todd R. Ballard.

Madison County Coroner’s Office was scheduled to perform an autopsy to determine a cause of death tomorrow afternoon.

The victim was the only person in the home, Meadows said.

Meadows said firefighters were dispatched to 100 Crandall St. at 1:50 a.m. and did not leave the scene until around 12 p.m.

The fire was very advanced upon arrival. There was no opportunity for any rescue at all.

Captain David Meadows with the Collinsville Fire Department

The two-story home was completely destroyed in the fire.

“We had to use heavy equipment to even find the body,” he said.

The cause of the fire was unknown Sunday afternoon. The Illinois State Fire Marshal’s office is conducting a routine investigation, Meadows said.

Other units assisting with the fire included Maryville Fire Department, Fairview Heights Fire Department, Glen Carbon Fire Department and State Park Fire Department.

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Lexi Cortes: 618-239-2528, @lexicortes

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