Infant, father found dead following Monday morning fire


EDGAR COUNTY, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) — A Vermilion man and his infant daughter were found dead following an early Monday morning fire.

911 was notified at 1:40 a.m. of a structure fire at 102 Water Street in Vermilion.

Upon arrival, the Paris Fire department found the structure engulfed in flames. They were met by an adult female and two young children who had made it out of the house. The woman told them that her boyfriend and their infant daughter were still inside.

Fire fighters made their way into the structure, and found the bodies of 35 year old Michael Phipps and 2 month old Nettie Phipps. They were pronounced dead at the scene by Edgar County Coroner Scott Barrett. The official cause of death will be determined following autopsies Tuesday.

The incident and the fire is under investigation by the Illinois State Police, State Fire Marshalls, the Edgar County Sheriff’s department, the Paris Fire Department and the Edgar County Coroner.
The Vermilion fire department, Oliver fire department, Grandview fire department, Redmon fire department, and Horizon Health Ambulance service also responded to the fire.

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