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Coroner announces identity of Sangamon Tower fire victim

Owner of rescued cat dies in Sangamon Tower fire.

The victim of the Sangamon Towers fire Friday, May 18 has been identified.

Sangamon County Coroner Cinda Edwards said the victim was identified as Judith Gharebaghi, 74, of Springfield.

The autopsy results showed no signs of foul play. Initial findings included signs of toxic effects of carbon monoxide.

Blood tests are still pending and final determinations are pending the Springfield Fire Department's investigation as well.

Animal control currently has the woman's cat; however, it is not available for adoption. The director of animal control said the cat is considered part of Gharebaghi's estate and her next of kin will be contacted.

If the victim's family decides not to take Gharebaghi's cat, it may be up for adoption in the coming weeks.


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