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Two people die in rural Pawnee fire

Two people have died as a result of injuries they received in a house fire in rural Pawnee Sunday morning, Dec. 19, 2021. Neither victim has been identified (as of press time today) as notification of next of kin is on going.

One of the victims, a 70-year-old male resident, was taken to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield where he later died. The Sangamon County Coroner’s Office is handling that investigation.

The second victim, a 59-year-old female, who was in the residence, was pronounced dead at the scene by Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert- Winans. Autopsies are being performed today on both victims and results should be available later this afternoon as well as their identities.

The Christian County Sheriff’s Office reports at approximately 7:15 a.m., Christian County 911 received a call of a structure fire, located at 414 E 1525 North Road in rural Pawnee. Six fire departments, including Midland (Kincaid), Pawnee, Divernon, Taylorville, Morrisonville and Edinburg all responded to the scene.

Additional responding units included Dunn’s, Morrisonville and Pawnee ambulances; Pawnee Police Department, Christian County Sheriff’s Office, Christian County Coroner’s Office and the Illinois State Fire Marshal also responded to the call.

The fire is under investigation by the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office. A representative of the Sangamon County Coroner’s Office says they plan to meet with the fire marshal later today.

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