A Hull, Illinois woman is dead as the result of a house fire in Hull Friday morning.

According to Pike County Sheriff Paul Petty, Hull/Kinderhook firefighters responded to a report from a passerby that there were smoke and flames coming from a residence in the 400 block of Loy Street at 10:55 a.m. Friday.

Firefighters found 32-year-old April Priest in a bedroom of the home. Rescue personnel attempted life saving measures, but without success. Priest was pronounced dead the scene at 11:55 a.m.

Investigators believe the fire started in the living room of the home and spread down a hallway to the bedroom where Priest was found.

The Illinois State Fire Marshall's office is conducting an investigation. Foul play is not suspected.

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