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Cause of fatal Peoria fire undetermined after more than 50 hours of investigations

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PEORIA (HOI) — After 57 hours of investigating a fatal house fire in Peoria, fire department officials they still do not have a cause.

Peoria Fire Department Chief Anthony Ardis said five investigators, Ameren officials and the use of a FARO 3-D scanner were all involved during the investigation of the blaze at 647 Spitznagle that left 59-year-old Kenneth Carso dead.

“Despite these efforts, Peoria Fire/Rescue Department is ruling the cause of this fire to be undetermined,” said Ardis. “There is not enough evidence and correlating facts to rule on a cause at this time.”

When crews first arrived to the scene at around 1:30 p.m. March 16, firefighters could see heavy fire and smoke coming from the front of the home.

The first arriving truck did a search and found Carso’s body in the home.

One dog was found unharmed.

Anyone with information on the fire is being asked to call Division Chief of Prevention Stan Taylor at 309-494-8733.

Drew Veskauf

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