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Elderly man dies in house fire

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

SOUTH ROXANA (AP) – A coroner says that a 78-year-old man found dead in a southwestern Illinois house succumbed to smoke inhalation.

Madison County Coroner Stephen Nonn says Amil Goskie was found in a back room of the home leveled by the fire Monday in South Roxana.

Fire Chief Ed Allsman says the room where the man’s body was found is near a wood-burning stove. Allsman suspects the stove might have caused the fire, which gutted the home.

State fire investigators are trying to determine what sparked the blaze.

South Roxana is a 2,000-resident village just northeast of St. Louis.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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