One dead after early morning house fire in Chillicothe

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One person is dead following a house fire in Chillicothe early Saturday morning. 

Chillicothe fire fighters responded to 15718 Regency Park Place about 12:30 a.m. to a report of a fire with someone still inside. Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell says as firefighters battled the blaze they found a man dead in the home. 

Autopsy this afternoon by Peoria County Cororner, Jamie Harwood, says that Nicklaus T. Waechter, 34, died from smoke inhalation.

No other contributing injuries were discovered.

Asbell says the cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Chillicothe Fire Department, Peoria County Coroner’s Office and the Illinois State Fire Marshall. 

The Peoria Heights and Princeville Fire Departments assisted with the fire. 

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