Nighttime fire claims life of Aurora’s Medlin

Steve Chapman

Marked with tape and signs warning the public to keep out, Bill Medlin’s house at 411 S. Roosevelt Avenue in Aurora caught fire on Sunday, Nov. 12. Medlin, 80, died in the blaze. (Photo by Steve Chapman)

Electrical/heating system believed to be cause of deadly blaze
An Aurora man died on Sunday, Nov. 12, when his house caught fire. According to a Facebook posting by Wes Coatney, chief of the Aurora-Marionville Police Department, the Aurora Fire Department and the AMPD were dispatched to the home of Bill Medlin at the 400 block of South Roosevelt at 11 p.m. for a reported structure fire; Aurora Rural Fire also responded to the scene to provide mutual aid assistance. Upon their arrival, the firefighters found the rear of the house “fully involved” in the fire; they began fighting the fire both inside and outside of the house.
While combating the blaze, firefighters found Medlin, 80, on the floor of the house. He was carried outside where they attempted to resuscitate him, but efforts to save Medlin’s life were unsuccessful. His next-of-kin was notified of his death.
According to the Facebook posting, an investigation into the cause of the fire was conducted. The suspected cause of the fire was the house’s electrical/heating system.


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