STERLING (WIFR) -- We now know the name of the man found dead after a duplex fire in Whiteside County. Sauk Valley Media is reporting he's John Ennells, 58, of Sterling. The Illinois State Fire Marshall is investigating what sparked the fire Tuesday in the 200 block West 7th Street. Neighbors say they believe the building was abandoned for about a year.
Fire crews responded just after 3:30 a.m. to the building in the 200 block of West Seventh Street. The man was found on the second floor of the reportedly abandoned building. The man was believed to be homeless. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.