FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Springfield Police Department and Springfield Fire Marshals are investigating a death and a fire that began on the 900 block of West Ildereen around 10 a.m. Tuesday morning.
A woman told police and fire investigators that a male, known to her, barricaded himself inside the home and set it on fire. She was able to escape the home and then reported that she heard several shots fired from inside the house.
Springfield police officers arrived on scene and attempted to establish negotiations with the man but were never able to make contact. In the meantime, the Springfield Fire Department attempted to contain the fire from a safe distance until it was determined there was no threat to them or others in the area from anyone inside the home.
Once firefighters were able to put out the fire, Fire Marshals began sifting through the rubble to determine the cause of the fire when they located a deceased victim inside. The cause of death of the subject has not yet been confirmed. Investigations by the Springfield Fire Department and Springfield Police Department are ongoing.
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Case number: 16-28346
Media Contact: Lisa Cox, Public Affairs Officer
Release authorized by: Lt. Culley Wilson