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Fowler house fire called ‘suspicious,’ one person dead

                                       Emergency responders answered call just before 8 am Friday


Indiana State Police took the lead in the investigation of a fatal fire Friday morning in Fowler, IN. The State Fire Marshall’s Office is also investigating. Police reported one man died in the morning house fire. The Fowler Police Department was first called to the scene at 5th Street and Polk Avenue to investigate. State Police investigators were asked to step in. after a volunteer firefighter driving by saw it on fire. Fire Chief Bill Burton reported a volunteer firemen came across the fire and tried to get inside, but the flames were too intense.

State Police Sgt. Kim Riley said crime scene techs are gathering information.

They also had a search dog sniffing around the inside and outside of the home. Chief Burton said it is suspicious, but couldn't elaborate as to why. A police dog was sniffing the premises as part of the investigation. Officials were working to identify the man killed. The man was the only person inside the home at the time of the fire. No word whether it’s a homicide case.

Benton County Coroner, Matt Rosenbarger said an autopsy is scheduled for Saturday.

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Fire damages Kankakee home

Fire damaged a house in the 11-hundred block of N. Chicago Avenue in Kankakee Thursday morning. Officials believe it started after an electric heater was left on when the occupants left for the day. No one was home. There was no injury. Damage estimates were not available, according to Fire Chief Damon Schuldt.

The American Red Cross was contacted to assist the family.

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Rescued-Peotone woman dies of injuries from fire

A woman was rescued from a house fire in Peotone. But she was pronounced dead from her injuries at a hospital in Olympia Fields. 79-year-old Brenda Atkins was identified as the victim in Wednesday’s residential fire in the 700-block of Pelican Lane. Thick smoke filled the air. Neighbors informed firefighters that the victim was trapped in the basement. The cause of the fire was unknown, but it was not suspicious.

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Livingston County crash kills Flanagan man

A 30-year-old Flanagan man was killed in a single vehicle crash Wednesday morning. Livingston County Coroner Danny Watson said an autopsy was scheduled after a vehicle driven by Timothy McKinley left the roadway and struck a tree. It happened south of Illinois Route 116, near 300 East and 1600 North Road. McKinley was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Livingston County Coroner’s Office, Livingston County Sheriff’s Department, Flanagan-Graymont Fire Department and Duffy ambulance responded to the accident, which remains under investigation.

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‘The Purdue Group’ updates Watseka leaders on community study

A group of Purdue University graduate students, with local ties, met again with local officials in Watseka as they formulate plans to help enhance the town. Watseka Mayor John Allhands hopes to get more people involved next year. Community meetings in January and February will welcome more input…

“With the façade improvement program and the Purdue study, we’re creating more energy … it’s all positive,” Allhands said.

The Purdue students are helping with marketing that’ll hopefully draw some new business. The mayor wants more communication, both inside and from outside sources. Allhands calls it ‘more economic development on a more city-scale.

The study has been ongoing for about a year. The scope of the project is to develop more expertise on taking ideas to the next level.

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