Fatal Fire

Jason Parrott

Hancock County Coroner Kendall Beals said an autopsy shows the father of Sheriff Scott Bentzinger died of a heart attack.

Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

Michael Bentzinger, 63, of Carthage died in a fire, Monday night, at the Bentzinger Home Supply Store in downtown Carthage.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office says the cause of this week’s deadly fire in Saint Paul may never be determined due to the extensive damage.

Hamilton could soon get more involved in the clean-up of what remains of two downtown buildings.

Hamilton must continue to play the “waiting game” when it comes to cleaning up what remains of two buildings in the middle of the 900-block of Broadway.

The structures were destroyed by a fire last January.  The deadly blaze also took the life of a young child.

Police Chief Robb Bell says Hamilton is trying to take ownership of one of the buildings from an owner who lives in Oklahoma.

He says Veldon Gray has not responded after being served papers by the city.