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UPDATE: Human remains found at fire scene identified as female

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Quincy Fire Chief Joe Henning says that human remains have been discovered in the north end of the building at 219 Oak that burned in a fire Sunday night. The Adams County coroner has identified the remains as female - a "Jane Doe" - meaning authorities have no idea on the identity of the victim.

It was a routine investigation - a "dig down" - otherwise known as the part of the investigation where firefighters sift through the debris to try to find out more about how the fire started - but what Fire Chief Joe Henning says they found, they weren't expecting. "There was no reason to suspect whatsoever that there would potentially be remains inside the structure," he said.

Firefighters were called to a fire at Salvage Lumber Sunday evening - and the fire was eventually upgraded to a five alarm blaze. Henning says they honed in their efforts on the north side of the building, where there was heavy smoke. And Monday morning - Henning says that general area is where their investigation led them again.  "It was reported to me that the remains were found in the north end of the structure, in an area that appeared to be a storage room," he said.

That was around eleven Monday morning, and police chief Rob Copley says state authorities were called. "We'll continue to work hand in hand with the fire marshal's office and the fire department investigators to determine what did happen," he said.

Copley says one thing they have done is to check the missing persons records, but no luck in making a possible ID on the woman.  "We've checked that and it doesn't look like we've got anything that would come into play," he said.  

However, officials say while they do not have any missing persons reports that match, if you have any information, or concerns of someone who might be missing, you're encouraged to call police.

A full examination on the remains will be performed tomorrow.

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