UPDATE: Peoria County Coroner identifies victim in Friday morning garage fire

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UPDATE (3:35 p.m.) — The Peoria County Coroner has identified the victim in a garage fire Friday morning.

Laurie A. Helms, 46, whose last known address was in Canton was pronounced dead at 8:36 a.m., according to a press release.

At this time, it is unknown if Helms resides at the address on Stanley or why she was in the garage.

An autopsy showed Helms suffered smoke inhalation and burns on 90% of her body. A toxicology report is pending at this time.


PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — How a woman died in a garage fire Friday morning is the subject of an investigation by Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood.

At approximately 8 a.m. Friday morning, firefighters responded to a garage fire on S. Stanley St., near W. Krause Ave.

After putting out the flames, firefighters searched the garage. Harwood said they then discovered the body of a middle-aged woman on a couch.

At the time of publication, Harwood was unable to reveal the identity of the woman.

An autopsy was scheduled for Friday.

This story will be updated.

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