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No cause yet in fire that killed woman

State fire marshal investigating blaze

Published: Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 12:56 p.m. CDT

DIXON – No new information was available Sunday as to the cause of an early-morning fire that killed a rural Dixon woman Friday.

The body of 58-year-old Louise Lopez-Landherr was found a few hours after fire destroyed the home at 1787 Clearview Road, west of Dixon. Lopez-Landherr lived at the residence with her husband John Landherr, who was not home at the time of the blaze, according to neighbors at the fire scene.

The fire call came in at 4:19 a.m. Friday, the Lee County Sheriff’s Department said.

Local fire officials said they had not yet heard anything about what could have caused the fire. As is standard procedure, the state fire marshal’s office was called in to investigate the fire.

“I haven’t talked to the fire marshal or the state police since Friday,” Dixon Rural Fire Chief Norris Tucker Jr. said Sunday night.

Tucker said he expects to hear something today, but he doubts that investigators will have pinpointed a cause by then.

Tucker also said, that at this point in the investigation, there is no reason to believe there was any criminal intent involved.

“There was nothing suspicious at the scene,” Tucker said. “This is all just standard procedure.”

Dixon City Fire Chief Tim Shipman also said he had not spoken with the fire marshal’s office since Friday night.

Lee County Coroner Jesse Partington did not return a call for comment regarding an autopsy that had been scheduled for Friday.

Louise Lopez-Landherr’s obituary can be found on page A4.

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