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Woman killed in fire identified

Woman killed in fire identified

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CULLOM — A body found in the burned remains of a Cullom home has been identified as one of the home's residents.

Gertrude R. Sikora's body was found Nov. 23. The fire, which occurred a day earlier, badly burned her husband, Frank J. Sikora, 87, who died of his injuries Friday at a Springfield hospital.

Livingston County Coroner Mike Burke confirmed the woman's identity Thursday using history and autopsy findings, and final confirmation from DNA.

Her cause of death is still pending. An inquest will be at a later date. Authorities have not determined the cause of the fire.

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