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Arson Blamed in Vandalia Apartment Fire

By Rob Sussman, WJBD News

Vandalia Police say that the Office of the State Fire Marshal's Arson Investigator has determined that the Saturday fire at the Central High Apartments that killed one of the building's residents was intentionally set.

Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the person who set the fire. A $2,500 cash reward has been offered for any specific information that leads to the arrest of those responsible for setting the fire.

Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen identifies the victim of the fire as Jerry Voris. Voris was found in a first floor hallway after other residents of the apartment complex had been evacuated after a fire was reported just after midnight Saturday morning. 

Vandalia Police say the fire started in a corridor storage area on the first floor near where Voris' body was found.  While the fire was largely confined to the storage room, there was considerable amount of smoke that filled the building.   

The investigation into the fire and death is continuing by the Fayette County Coroner's office, Illinois State Fire Marshall's office and the Vandalia Police Department.  

Some of the apartment complex residents were able to return home for the first time since the Saturday morning fire.  

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