Update: RV fire in Morris leaves 2 people dead

Morris firefighters discover a fully engulfed RV

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The Grundy County Coroner has identified two people dead in an RV fire Wednesday morning at a Love’s Travel Center in Morris as William S. Davis, 52 and Chelsi A. Bates, 31, both of Mena, Ark.

The fire occurred about 3 a.m. in the parking lot of Love’s Travel Center, 8909 N. Brisbin Road, near Interstate 80, according to a release posted on the Grundy County Coroner’s Office website.

Morris Fire Protection District firefighters found an RV engulfed in flames upon arriving at the scene, the coroner’s office said.

After extinguishing the fire, firefighters found the remains of two unidentified individuals.

The coroner’s office pronounced both victims dead at the scene at 3:46 a.m.

An autopsy is scheduled for Friday morning, according to the release.

The fire remains under investigation by the coroner and the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office.

The Morris Police Department, Morris Fire Protection District and MABAS Division 15 fire investigators assisted at the scene, according to the release.

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