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Two Deaths In Paris Apartment Fire –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On October 1, 2022


Edgar County Coroner, Scott Barrett, has released details on an early Saturday morning apartment house fire that has resulted in the death of two Paris residents.
A call came into the Edgar County 911 Dispatch Center at 6:07 a.m. Saturday, October 1. The caller stated that the apartment structure was on fire and that she was unable to get out of her second-floor apartment. Paris Police, Paris Fire Department, Vermilion Fire Department, and Paris Ambulance all responded to the call.
The apartment building located at 501 South Central Street in Paris housed four separate apartments and was fully engulfed in flames when first responders arrived on scene. Occupants of the apartment building who were able to get out informed first responders that there were two people unaccounted for.
While working to control the fire, firefighters located the body of Tammi S. Keefer, 52, in her upstairs apartment. It was later determined that she was the caller of the 911 call. Firefighters also located the body of Bobby J. Turner, 72, in his downstairs apartment. Both were pronounced dead at the scene by the Coroner.
One male tenant was transported to Union Hospital where he was in stable condition and expected to be released. A female tenant was transported to Paris Hospital and released.
Autopsies will be conducted Monday morning in Champaign, Illinois, by Forensic Pathologist Dr. Shiping Bao. The incident remains under investigation by the Illinois State Fire Marshall, Paris Fire Department, Paris Police Department, and the Edgar County Coroner.


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