1 dead in Sunday house fire

SPRINGFIELD - Sangamon County authorities are investigating an incident that claimed the life of a 79-year-old woman on Sunday.

Sangamon County Coroner Cinda Edwards says Helen Halford, 79, was pronounced dead at her home in the 100 block of Melody Lane June 14.  The Springfield Fire Department says they received a report of a house fire on Sunday, and that crews found Halford while they were responding.

Halford's death is being investigated by the Springfield Fire Department and the Sangamon County Coroner's Office.  An autopsy is scheduled for Monday, and authorities say there is no evidence of foul play at this time.

We will provide updates as they become available.

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