By Mike Kloppenburg
A Beardstown man is dead after a fire that occurred early Sunday morning.
According to Fire Chief Darin Paul, the Beardstown fire department responded to a 911 call reporting a mobile home fire at 2:12 a.m. on Star Lane. After fighting the fire, firefighters found one person dead inside the home. The fire is under investigation and the cause is still undetermined. The Beardstown firefighting effort included three engines and 15 firefighters. The Cass County Sheriff's Office and Illinois State Fire Marshall's Office are assisting in the investigation.