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2 People Killed In Mercer County House Fire-UPDATE

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UPDATE: We now have more information on last Thursday's fatal house fire in Mercer County. Investigators now say the two people whose bodies were found inside the burning home did not die as a result of the fire.

Investigators had already ruled the fire as suspicious. They are now saying that gun was involved. Officials have identified the victims as 40-year-old Patti Lindquist and 53-year-old Tim Meade.

Update: The Mercer County Sheriff's Department have found the vehicle that they have been looking for in connection with the fire and subsequent deaths Thursday, north of Aledo, IL.

Officials haven't released information on how the vehicle was connected to the incident. No arrests have been made.

If you have any information, you are asked to contact police or Mercer County Crimestoppers at 1-800-582-2762.

The names of the victims are still being withheld.

Original Story: 2 people have been killed in connection with a fatal house fire just north of Aledo in Mercer County, Illinois. The Mercer County Sheriff says both victims were inside the home on North 200th street when the fire started.

Fire crews responded to a report of a house explosion around 3:30pm Thursday afternoon. When fire crews arrived the house was fully engulfed in flames.

"Right now autopsies will be scheduled and that's really all we know right now," says Mercer County Sheriff Tom Thompson.

The State Fire Marshall and the Crime Scene Investigator are trying to figure out why the fire started at the 2-story home. The Mercer County Sheriff says his department and the Illinois State Police are also investigating.

Fire crews from Aledo, Matherville, Viola and Reynolds fought the flames for hours and smoke could be seen for miles away. In addition to the intense heat outside, the fire was also difficult to put out.

"Part of the problem was the roof on the building was metal, so it was holding a lot of the heat and a lot of the fire in," adds Sheriff Thompson, "So that's why the fire department has been on the scene for so long."

The Mercer County Coroner will perform autopsies on Friday. The victims names have not released and they will not be released until all family members have been notified.