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Posted on: July 13, 2016

Preliminary autopsy shows fire to blame for death of man found inside burned home Tuesday

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The investigation into a fatal house fire on West Ildereen continues. While the final report may take several weeks, a preliminary autopsy conducted by the Greene County Medical Examiner's Office indicates the man found inside the burned home Tuesday afternoon likely died of smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning. The autopsy found no signs of trauma on the body.

Police and firefighters were called to the 900 block of West Ildereen around 10 a.m. Tuesday morning. A woman told police and fire investigators that a male, known to her, barricaded himself inside the home and set it on fire. She was able to escape the home and then reported that she heard several shots fired from inside the house.

Springfield police officers arrived on scene and attempted to establish negotiations with the man but were never able to make contact.

Once firefighters were able to put out the fire, Fire Marshals began the process of determining the cause of the fire when they located a deceased victim inside. While investigations by the Springfield Fire Department are ongoing, the autopsy did not indicate any gunshot wounds to the victim.

Due to the extent of injuries, the medical examiner will use dental records to identify the victim. This may take several weeks.

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For Media Only: For more information, contact Cara Erwin at cerwin@springfieldmo.gov

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