Oxford House

Fire crews respond Tuesday to Oxford House Apartments, where one person was found dead. Macon County Coroner Michael Day identified her Wednesday as Jane Morthland, 62. 


DECATUR — The woman found dead in her apartment by Decatur firefighters responding to a fire has been identified as Jane Morthland, 62. 

Macon County Coroner Michael Day said in a news release that Morthland was pronounced dead at 6:30 p.m. at the Oxford House Apartments, a senior-living facility at 2700 N. Monroe St.

An autopsy was conducted Wednesday afternoon at the McLean County Coroner's Morgue, he said, and preliminary results showed no signs of traumatic injury or foul play.

Day said an "active fire" was extinguished in the area where she was found, but due to a need for further toxicology and forensic testing, Morthland's official cause of death is still pending.

It may take several weeks for the additional testing to be completed, he said. 

Decatur fire Inspector Dave Gagnon said the cause of the fire was still under investigation on Wednesday, but he estimated that it caused nearly $10,000 in damage. He said that more information about the fire would be available once the department's investigation is over. 

On Tuesday night, Decatur fire Battalion Chief Mike McGeehon said firefighters were sent to the scene shortly before 5 p.m. and put out the fire within 10 minutes. It was contained to a third-floor room. 

Third-floor residents were moved to lower floors as firefighters worked and returned to apartments once the fire was out, he said. No other injuries were reported.


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