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One Name Released In Fatal Pawnee Fire

The Christian County Coroner has released one of the names of one of the victims of the Pawnee fire in rural Christian County. 59-year-old Patrica E. Smith of Pawnee was pronounced dead at the scene on Sunday, December 19th at 8:58 AM. An autopsy was held in Bloomington on Monday and preliminary autopsy results indicate that she died of carbon monoxide intoxication due to the inhalation of smoke and soot from the fire. A male also passed away from the fire. His name has not been identified yet. The Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office is handling the investigation. 

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