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One person dead in Rock Island after fire and suspected arson

Rock Island Police and Fire responded just after 12:15 a.m. Tuesday, September 7th.

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — Update: Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson reports that the preliminary autopsy indicates that Casco died of smoke inhalation.

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One person is dead after a fire and potential arson.

Fire crews responded to the 700 block of 11th Avenue just after 12:15 a.m. Tuesday, September 7th.

One person was found inside the home. She was taken to the hospital, where she later died.

Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson says 69-year-old Nicolasa Casco from Rock Island died Tuesday. 

He says a criminal investigation continues with the Rock Island Police Criminal Investigation Division, the coroner's office, the Illinois State Fire Marshal, and the Rock Island Fire Marshal.