EDWARDSVILLE — A 70-year-old man in failing health died Thursday morning when he couldn’t escape a fire in an Edwardsville mobile home.
In a press release, Madison County Coroner Stephen P. Nonn said a death investigation is under way in reference to the fatal fire Thursday morning in the 5200 block of Chain of Rocks Road, Edwardsville. John Douglas Beckovich, who lived at the mobile home, died in the fire. Madison County Coroner’s Investigator Diondra Horner arrived on scene at 1:33 a.m. and Beckovich dead at 1:40 a.m.
Because of the condition of the body, dental records will have to be used to make a positive identification. The tentative ID is released based on the daughter’s statement to sheriff’s deputies.
The daughter, Jennifer N. Jones, owner of the mobile home, was able to escape. Her father was confined to a rear bedroom because of poor health. She attempted to get to her father, but the fire was too intense.
An autopsy was conducted Thursday and the preliminary results would indicate Beckovich appeared to have died as a result of smoke inhalation. Toxicology testing for the presence of alcohol and drugs remains pending at this time. The death remains under investigation by the Madison County Sheriff’s Department, the Mitchell Fire Department and the State Fire Marshal Office. Long Lake Fire Department assisted in fighting the fire. Although there were numerous oxygen tanks inside the home for use by the victim, the cause and origin of the fire is not known at this time.
Funeral arrangements remain pending at this time.
Madison County sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene of a structure fire at 12:03 a.m. and arrived on scene at 12:10 a.m. to find a mobile home fully engulfed in flames. The Mitchell Fire Department was on scene fighting the fire.