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Rites are set for victim of home fire

January 5, 2012

Dean Ingmire

    Funeral services for Dean Ingmire will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home.
    Ingmire, 59, died Tuesday in a fire at his home in Roe Acres, north of Monmouth.    Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Friday and one hour prior to services. (See obituary notices.)
    Decatur Police Chief Ken Ketzler said this morning that police officers will be attending the funeral en masse, in uniform. A bagpiper is expected to be involved in the ceremony.
    Ingmire was a second-trick dispatcher for the police deparment. He had spent 14 years as a dispatcher and 16 years as a member of the city's reserve police force, serving as captain of the latter.
    He also was one of the department's instructors in firearms, defensive tactics and other areas.
    The home at 217 W. Roeville Road was equipped with smoke detectors, officials said.
    It is speculated that the fire was going on inside the home for two, maybe three or more hours before smoke began escaping. A neighbor saw the smoke and called 911, with city firefighters dispatched at 8:36 a.m.
    Smoke inhalation has been declared as the cause of death.
    The city fire department's chief investigator, Jim Hitchcock, said this morning that the cause of the fire has not been determined."We're going over our notes, trying to come up with some answers," he said.
    A representative of the State Fire Marshal's office has been at the scene and is involved in the investigation.
    Ingmire had spent 15 years working for Hitchcock in his business, Hitchcock Concrete.
 

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