UPDATE: Easter Morning Fire Leaves One Dead

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UPDATE – A 29-year-old Harristown resident who was found dead inside a burning home has been identified by authorities.

Macon County Coroner Michael Day has identified the man as John Gwin. His cause of death is yet to be determined, and an autopsy will be taking place on Monday.

Gwin was found dead inside his home on Union School Road on Sunday, March 27.

Units from Harristown, Niantic, South Wheatland and Warrensburg Fire Departments responded to the fire this morning. The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Macon County Sheriff’s Office and State of Illinois Fire Marshal’s Office.

We will provide updates as the story develops.


HARRISTOWN – An early morning fire on Easter leaves one dead.

The Macon County Sheriff’s Office says they were called out to 5565 Union School Road in Harristown at 1:45 AM. A neighbor noticed the home fully engulfed and called 9-1-1.

Officials say the home was completely on fire when crews arrived. It took approximately 45 minutes for fire crews to put the fire out.

A 29-year-old male was found dead in the home along with the family dog. 

This story will be updated.

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