Man dead after Bloomington house fire

By WEEK Producer

October 6, 2013 Updated Oct 7, 2013 at 3:41 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Bloomington investigators believe unattended smoking materials was the cause of a deadly house fire.

McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling said the victim was 72-year-old James Pearson.

Authorities say Pearson was rescued from the basement of his home, but died at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal.

Bloomington Firefighters responded early this morning to 715 West Front Street to find heavy smoke billowing from the basement.

It took crews from three departments 90 minutes to get the fire under control.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries.

Pearson's autopsy was completed on Monday. Kimmerling says that initial evidence indicates that Pearson was unresponsive before the fire, but more tests have to be run to determine an exact cause of death.

Pearson's wife and adult daughter escaped the fire without any injuries.

They are being assisted by the American Red Cross.

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