Keokuk officials identify man killed in fire


KEOKUK – The Keokuk Police Department reports that the body recovered from the house fire, at 317 Concert, on April 28th has been identified. The University of Iowa Decedent Care Unit, has identified the deceased as, 26-year-old J.R. Roberts of Hamilton, Illinois. The cause of death is pending toxicology tests.

According to RadioKeokuk, the Keokuk Fire Department received the call of a fire at 317 Concert Street at 8:50 pm Saturday night after smoke was reported coming from the building. Upon arrival the KFD observed flames shooting from the roof of the building. Crews attempted to reach the attic after being told there was a person possibly trapped inside, but could not gain access due the intense heat.

The investigation into the structure fire is ongoing and further information will be released when available.

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