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Fatal Market Street apartment fire termed 'suspicious'

Eric Stock
A 62-year-old man was killed in an apartment fire Monday in Bloomington.

The Bloomington Fire Department said Wednesday the apartment fire at 603 W. Market St. that killed a 62-year-old man involves "suspicious circumstances." Bloomington police have joined the investigation as has the State Fire Marshal's office.

The McLean County coroner's office has identified the man who died as Tyrone Hoy. The cause of death is listed as smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning from Monday's fire, and there was no evidence of an assault, altercation, or infection, said the coroner's office. A toxicology report is still pending.

The fire, which broke out after 11 p.m. Monday, dislocated eight people and destroyed the converted house. Five residents went to the hospital with burns and smoke inhalation.

Firefighters were twice forced out of the building as they tried to put out the flames that also burned the third floor stairs.

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WGLT Senior Reporter Charlie Schlenker has spent more than three award-winning decades in radio. He lives in Normal with his family.
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