Rural Chillicothe house fire claims man's life

GateHouse Media Illinois

A body was found in the rubble of a burned house Tuesday afternoon following a fire that was reported there.

The Chillicothe Community Fire Department was called to 22803 N. Berchtold Road near Chillicothe and the Marshall County line at around 7:30 a.m. When they arrived crews found the house still standing but totally engulfed, according to the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office.

The Peoria County Coroner was on the scene, and crews could be seen removing a body from the smoking debris at 2 p.m.

The porch and part of the garage were all that remained standing Tuesday afternoon.

The owner of the house is an elderly male, authorities said, but the identity of the victim could not be immediately confirmed.