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Authorities find body after mobile home fire

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JAMES P. LEUTE
March 5, 2009
— A wood stove might have triggered the fire in an Evansville mobile home where a body was found early this morning.

Deputies from the Rock County Sheriff's Office along with fire and EMS personnel from Evansville, Brooklyn and Stoughton were dispatched at 2:41 a.m. to 8441 N. Highway 14.


En-route, responding units were advised that a person might still be in the home.


The victim didn't make it out of the residence, which sits on Lot 15 at the end of a small mobile home park across the highway from the Evansville Country Club.


First on the scene, Evansville police found the home fully engulfed and were unable to enter. Residents of nearby mobile homes were evacuated because of intense heat and large flames.


After firefighters extinguished the flames, they found a body in the bedroom area of the home, said Capt. Jude Maurer of the sheriff's office.


Maurer said the victim has not been identified. An autopsy and check of dental records are expected to positively identify the person, he said.


A nearby resident awoken by the popping and crackling of the blaze called in the fire.


Sheriff's investigators continue to look for a cause, and they remained on the scene this morning. Early speculation is that a spark from a wood-burning stove or a fireplace insert might have started the fire, Maurer said.


If needed, the state fire marshal might be called to help with the investigation.


"We want to investigate fully and make sure that this was an accidental death and that no criminal charges are necessary," Maurer said.


About six hours later, Evansville firefighters responded to another fire at 8:34 a.m. at 124 Highland St., in Evansville. No details were available about that fire by press time.



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