A 45-year old Worden man is dead following an apartment fire on Thursday morning. The Madison County Coroner reports that Robert Blotevogel of the 340 block of Schneider Street was found lying on the living room floor of his apartment by firefighters and was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:10 a.m. An autopsy was conducted Thursday afternoon, however a cause of death has not been released pending the completion of carbon monoxide analysis and routine toxicological studies.

The Worden Fire Department responded to the scene at 7:16 a.m. and was assisted in fighting the fire by the Hamel and Olive Township Fire Departments. The fire remains under the investigation of the Madison County Sheriff’s Department and the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Funeral arrangements for Blotevogel are pending under the direction of Williamson Funeral Home in Staunton.

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