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ELWOOD — Madison County Coroner Danielle Noone has confirmed the identity of a man who died in a Monday night fire in the duplex where he lived.

Jacob Grant Dial, 60, was found inside the burning structure in the 1600 block of South B Street in Elwood.

Elwood Fire Chief Mark Sullivan said firefighters were on the scene within three minutes of the 6:12 p.m. call.

A man living in the other side of the duplex called 911 to report the fire, according to Sullivan.

“He had just finished mopping and sat down when he heard a beeping noise,” Sullivan said. “He thought it was a big truck backing around, and he went outside and around front, and that’s when he saw smoke coming from a window.”

An oxygen tank inside the home had exploded prior to the fire department’s arrival, but it did not cause the fire, Sullivan said.

“We didn’t know anyone was in there until we got to the scene,” Sullivan noted.

The fire was extinguished within minutes and contained to one room, the fire chief said. Damage from fire, water and smoke is estimated at $20,000.

Sullivan said Dial's death marked the fourth fire fatality in Elwood in 20 years.

The state fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

Noone said an autopsy will be conducted Wednesday to determine the precise cause of Dial's death.

Staff writer

An ink slinging wordsmith with The Herald Bulletin in Anderson, Indiana. Writing about news that is changing people's lives. Have a news tip? Send it to traci.miller@heraldbulletin.com or call me at 765-640-4805.

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