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Death investigation underway in Pekin when body is found in home after fire

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UPDATE (5:48 p.m.) -- Residents in a quiet Pekin neighborhood are still searching for answers after their entire street was blocked off by police this weekend.

"Lot of kids around here, and it really gives you the creeps, because nothing like this has ever happened," one resident, who asked to remain anonymous, said.

Residents say police tape stayed up until late Sunday night. Residents we spoke with say they're still shaken about what happened in this normally tight-knit neighborhood.

"With such a horrific death, our neighborhood needs to know a lot of information," the same resident said. "What's going on? Did you arrest somebody? But there's nothing."

Until now, local authorities have been very quiet about what happened at the boarded-up house, including whether there even was a death involved.

Tazewell County Coroner Charles Hanley says he has, "no comment at this time."

PEKIN (WEEK) -- A spokesperson with the Pekin Police Department says the department has started a death investigation after a body was located inside of a home after a residential fire over the weekend.

Pekin fire and police were called to the house fire on Gunion Avenue at around 2 p.m. on Saturday, according to Billie Jo Ingles with the Pekin Police Department.

The Pekin Fire Department was able to extinguish the fire, but fire personnel located a dead person inside, Ingles said.

The Pekin Police Department says it has "initiated a death investigation" into the matter.

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Alex Gaul

Alex Gaul joined WEEK 25 News and Heart of Illinois ABC in January 2021 as a Multimedia Journalist. He formerly worked for KPNX-TV and KAET-TV, both in Phoenix, Arizona. The Illinois-native is an alum of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University.

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