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QFD: Fatal Quincy house fire was not accidental in nature

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

The Quincy Fire Department has labeled Wednesday's night's fatal house fire as incendiary in nature.

Fire officials say the investigation revealed no obvious accidental or natural causes for the fire. The Quincy Police Department is now involved in the investigation.

Adams County Coroner Jim Keller told WGEM News that 52-year-old Daniel Dietrich was the victim who died in a Wednesday night house fire at 422 Maiden Lane in Quincy.

Keller says an autopsy shows that Dietrich died of smoke inhalation.

Dietrich was pronounced dead at the scene of the fire at 11:20 p.m.

Henning says one of their biggest obstacles last night was battling the cold temperatures.

"We've got two warming shelters and portable heaters so they get those set up so they have a place to go," Henning said. "But, I'll be completely honest with you, from a firefighters perspective, when it's really cold and your iced up you almost don't want to go warm up and thaw out because you go right back out and get cold again. It's almost better to stay cold."

Henning says when crew arrived shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday, the house was fully engulfed on both the first and second floors. He says as crews made their way inside, they found a person dead in the second floor attic. EMS on scene attempted to resuscitate the victim, but were unsuccessful.

Henning says they had to fight the fire in the walls. "A fire like that, you're obviously looking for extension, so what we do is we end up tearing out, we tear walls out and we tear ceilings out and we follow the fire up as high as we can until we find clean areas," he said.

WGEM will continue to follow this story and will bring you more information as it becomes available.

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