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NORMAL — The 76-year-old victim of a house fire in Normal has been identified as Judith Dawson. McLean County Coroner Kathy Yoder said Dawson was pronounced dead at 3:59 p.m. Wednesday in the emergency room at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal.

She was transported from her residence at 1313 Baugh Drive by the Normal Fire Department after smoke was seen coming from her home about 30 minutes earlier.

"Preliminary autopsy opinion indicates that she died from carbon monoxide intoxication due to inhalation of smoke and soot due to a house fire," Yoder said in a statement released Thursday morning. "There was no evidence of non-fire related injury."

An investigation is continuing into the fire. A cause has not yet been released. Yoder said Dawson was the sole occupant of the home.

The fire was reported about 3:30 p.m. by a neighbor and a passerby who saw smoke pouring out of the one-story brick home. Arriving firefighters found flames coming from a window at the back of the house, fire department spokesman Matt Swaney said.

Firefighters had the fire under control in under 10 minutes. Heavy smoke, heat and water damaged much of the house, and several windows were broken during the ventilation process, Swaney said. 

The Bloomington Fire Department was called to assist. Ameren Illinois was on scene to turn off the power and utilities.

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Agriculture Reporter

Agriculture reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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