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Man killed in Collinsville house fire is identified

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COLLINSVILLE • Collinsville firefighters said they never had a chance to attempt a rescue in a two-story home at 100 Crandall Street where an elderly resident was killed in a fire early Sunday.

Fire Capt. David Meadows said a call came in about 1:50 a.m. Sunday and crews arrived to find the roof already collapsing. "There was no opportunity to enter. The fire was too advanced," he said. "The home burned to the ground."

Firefighters found Grover E. Johnson, 86, in the rubble of the basement of the home. Officials said he normally slept in a recliner in the living room and that the floor had collapsed into the basement. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

The Illinois State Fire Marshal's Office was called in to help determine the cause of the blaze.

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Denise Hollinshed is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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