UPDATED: Woman dies in fire at Rantoul apartment building

RANTOUL — A 55-year-old Rantoul woman has been pronounced dead after a fire at her apartment building on Friday afternoon.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup pronounced Linda Pearcy, 65, of 116 1/2 W. Letchworth Ave., dead at 1:11 p.m. at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

He said an autopsy is scheduled for Saturday morning.

Firefighters were called to the four-unit apartment building where Ms. Pearcy lived at 12:11 p.m. When they arrived, flames were showing through the window, and smoke was coming out the doors, Fire Chief Ken Waters said.

A neighbor noticed smoke coming into her apartment and tried to alert Ms. Pearcy, but got no response when she knocked on the door. The neighbor then dialed 911.

Emergency personnel performed CPR on Ms. Pearcy in the yard of the home. She was later taken away by ambulance.

Waters said Ms. Pearcy was found in the bedroom, where the fire started.

Investigators from the state fire marshal's office and the Rantoul Fire Department said it appears the fire was smoking-related. That finding was not definite, Waters said.

He said there were oxygen tanks in the apartment.

The fire did not damage the other apartments in the building, Waters said. He said smoke came into the apartments, but it does not appear that it was sufficient to cause damage.

Twelve Rantoul firefighters responded to the call. They cleared the scene at 1:37 p.m.

 

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