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Autopsy report done on fatal Willard house fire

The Associated Press

First Published Oct 30 2013 05:43 pm • Last Updated Oct 30 2013 10:31 pm

Willard • The state medical examiner has determined that a 26-year-old man whose body was found in the charred ruins of a Willard house fire died from smoke inhalation.

The Standard Examiner of Ogden reports that Willard Police Chief Nate Thompson says the autopsy report found 26-year-old Eric Lankford was alive when the fire started. He was identified from dental records.

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Police believe the fire was intentionally set. Lankford’s older brother, 29-year-old Jeremy Lankford, is a person of interest in the police investigation. No arrests have been made.

The two shared the home and got into a fight hours before the blaze while they were drinking alcohol.

The medical examiner classifies the manner of death as undetermined.

Thompson says no arrests have been made.

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