An elderly man died in a house fire in Collinsville early Sunday. The Madison County Coroner’s Office says 86 year old Grover Johnson was found dead inside the home by firefighters. The home, in the 100 block of Crandell Street, is a total loss.
Collinsville Police arrived on the scene first just before 2am Sunday after receiving a 9-1-1 call, and found flames coming from the southeast corner of the residence. An officer pounded on the door and called for anyone inside but there was no answer. Officers were able to make entry but were pushed back by smoke and heat. Firefighters arrived on the scene and were able to put out the blaze, and learned that Johnson often slept a living room recliner. The living room had collapsed into the basement and that’s where his body was found. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.