The Madison County Coroner is reporting the death of an Edwardsville man after a house fire early Thursday morning. 70-year-old John Douglas Beckovich was tentatively identified by his daughter who escaped the home at 5261 Chain of Rocks Road. Due to the condition of the body, dental records will have to be used to make a positive identification.
Beckovich's daughter, Jennifer N. Jones, said she attempted to reach her father, who was confined to a rear bedroom due to poor health, but the flames were too intense. An autopsy was conducted and preliminary results indicate Beckovich appeared to have died as a result of smoke inhalation. Toxicology testing for the presence of drugs or alcohol remain pending. The death and cause of the fire remain under investigation.