Man's body found in burning Ford County house

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ELLIOTT, Ill. (WAND) – Firefighters found a man dead in a house after it caught fire Tuesday.

Crews responded to 203 N. Maple St. in Elliott after 10 a.m. to find fire and smoke at the house. The News-Gazette reports firefighters found the body of 34-year-old Jeremy Turner inside. They pronounced him dead at the scene just after 11 a.m.

Firefighters say flames destroyed the house. A cause and point of origin were unknown as of Tuesday.

The newspaper says crews had the fire under control early Tuesday afternoon. They were still working at the scene at about 2 p.m.

Ford County Coroner Rick Flessner plans to perform an autopsy on Turner’s body Wednesday morning in order to find out how he died.

 Elliott, Gibson City, Roberts and Melvin volunteer firefighters helped respond to the fire, according to the paper.

Those closest to Turner called him an easy-going country boy who was a fighter through and through. Turner battled multiple sclerosis and Huntington's disease in the later years of his life, confining him to a wheelchair.

He leaves behind a wife and a stepson.

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