One dead following blaze in Metro East - KMOV.com

One dead following blaze in Metro East

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(KMOV.com) Firefighters responded to a blaze in Worden, Ill. Early Thursday morning. By Stephanie Baumer (KMOV.com) Firefighters responded to a blaze in Worden, Ill. Early Thursday morning. By Stephanie Baumer
(KMOV.com) Firefighters responded to a blaze in Worden, Ill. Early Thursday morning. By Stephanie Baumer (KMOV.com) Firefighters responded to a blaze in Worden, Ill. Early Thursday morning. By Stephanie Baumer

(KMOV.com) -- Firefighters responded to a blaze at an apartment complex in the Metro East early Thursday morning.

Emergency crews arrived in the 300 block of Schnieder Street in Worden, Ill. just after 7 a.m..

After around 9 a.m., it was released one person had died in the fire, which appeared to have caused significant structural damage to the building. Firefighters said they believe the fire was an accident and was not intentionally set.

The victim was identified as 45-year-old Robert Blotevogel.

Neighbors spoke to News 4 about Blotevogel, and said he was having a rough holiday season. 

"He was very very sick yesterday, he was very depressed," said Michelle Shadwick. "He called my neighbor and said he needed somebody to talk to and this morning he's gone."

Fire crews ran inside the building when they arrived, but were too late to save anyone.

"[The] bottom floor had heavy flames coming out of it," said Worden Assistant Fire Chief Bryan Steinmeyer. "We went in and did a search and from there I can't really comment on what transpired." 

Worden is about 30 miles northeast of St. Louis.

 

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