An apartment fire in Worden, Illinois has claimed the life of a disabled man. Authorities say 45 year old Robert Blotevogel was found by firefighters on the living room floor of his apartment. The Belleville News Democrat reports that the victim used a wheelchair and was unable to escape the blaze..
The Worden Fire Department was called to the scene at about 7:15 Thursday morning. The newspaper reports that a retired firefighter and a former firefighter who live in the area were helping people out of their apartments.
Assistant Fire Chief Bryan Steinmeyer said, "Without the help of those two people, it could have been a lot worse." All other residents were safely evacuated and none had to be treated for injuries. Approximately seven to ten people are temporarily displaced by the fire. The Madison County Sheriff's Department and Illinois State Fire Marshal are investigating the cause of the fire. The cause of death will not be released until toxicology results are completed.
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