Man dead after fire damages East Galesburg home

An East Galesburg man is dead after fire broke out at his home early Saturday morning.

The Knox County Sheriffs Department says deputies along with Knoxville and East Galesburg Firefighters went to the home on Illinois Avenue around 1:30 a.m., and say flames could easily be found at the front of the residence.

Deputies say the fire was put out, but a 77-year-old male was found inside, and later pronounced dead.

His name is not being released.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

It’s not clear how much damage was done to the home.