Coroner: No foul play in apartment fire death


DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Firefighters say a 62-year-old woman died after a fire at a senior community center.

Crews say the fire, which they're calling minor in scale, happened Tuesday around 5 p.m. on the third floor of Oxford House Apartments. The flames were put out quickly once crews got inside the apartment unit. 

The Macon County Coroner identified the woman as Jane Morthland. Morthland was found by firefighters in her apartment. An active fire was extinguished in the area that she was located. 

A report from Coroner Michael Day says Morthland's autopsy showed no signs of foul play and no indication of a traumatic injury.

"We were called here for a fire on the third floor. the first companies that got here had heavy smoke in the building on the third floor, people evacuating. The got into the third floor apartment the door was unlocked they went in they found, what i believe, is a chair and mattress on fire and a person was deceased next to it," Fire Chief Jeff Abbott said.  

Residents on the third floor were evacuated but were able to return to their homes once the smoke cleared. 

An autopsy on Morthland is scheduled for Wednesday to determine the exact cause of death. 

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