Cause of death released following fire in Edgar County

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EDGAR COUNTY, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) — A father and infant daughter whose bodies were found following a fire in Vermilion, Ill. early Monday morning died from a combination of things including carbon monoxide inhalation, according to Edgar County Coroner Scott Barrett.

An autopsy conducted at Tuesday by Forensic Pathologist, Dr. Dele Adeagbo, revealed that the cause of death for 35-year-old Michael J. Phipps was a combination of thermal exposure, carbon monoxide inhalation and smoke inhalation.

An autopsy conducted on 2-month-old Nettie L. Phipps revealed that the cause of death was a combination of thermal exposure and carbon monoxide inhalation.

The manner of deaths remain under investigation by the Illinois State Police and the Edgar County Coroner.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the office of the State Fire Marshall.

The fire at 102 Water Street in Vermilion started around 1:40 a.m. Monday.

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.

Both Michael and Nettie Phipps were pronounced dead at the scene.

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