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Posted on: January 4, 2021

East University Street apartment fire results in fatality


Shortly after 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, the Springfield Fire Department responded to reports of a building fire in the 2800 block of East University Street and arrived to find a fire in an apartment. While firefighting operations were underway, firefighters located and removed 66-year-old Larry Woodcock and transported him to Mercy’s burn unit. Woodcock died from his injuries on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020.
This was the fourth residential fire fatality, and the seventh fire fatality overall, in Springfield in 2020. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


Media inquiries are directed to the Springfield Fire Department media line at 417-874-2301.

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