The Following is a press release from the West Frankfort Fire Department:
At approximately 8:48 PM on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017, the West Frankfort Fire Department was notified of a fire in an occupied residence located at 10400 Gass Street in the Pershing area. When firefighters arrived on scene, they found the residence heavily involved in fire and spreading quickly. Fire fighters from several surrounding communities assisted in extinguishing the blaze. The structure was a total loss.
Franklin County Coroner Marty Leffler confirmed that Gay Vaughn, 59, of West Frankfort was found deceased inside the structure by firefighters. She was pronounced deceased at 10:41 PM. The cause of death is unknown at this time but an autopsy has been scheduled. No one else was home at the time of fire and no other injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation at this time by officials from the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office.
Fire Chief Jody Allen says that more details will be released as they become available……
A GoFundMe account has been established for Henry Vaughn the surviving husband. Here is a link to the account. https://www.gofundme.com/vaughn-family-fire-recovery-fund.
More information will be updated as it becomes available. -sd