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New details in Perry County death investigation


New details are available in an investigation into the death of a man Saturday night in Perry County.

According to Perry County Coroner Herb Miller, Phillip Roessler, 24, was pronounced dead at 7:30 in his Perryville home.

According to Assistant Fire Chief Williams Jones, Roessler died from inhalation of heat and smoke.

Early Saturday morning at 12 Hume Street, Roessler put a pot on the stove in the kitchen then fell asleep on the couch in the living room.

The pot caused a fire and spread to the cabinets above and then to part of the ceiling.

Smoke and excessive heat spread throughout the house.

Jones believes Roessler woke up and stood up immediately taking one breath and then collapsed. The house was airtight and the lack of oxygen caused the fire to extinguish itself. 

A friend came by later Saturday night due to some plans they had already scheduled.

After knocking and no answer, the friend noticed the smoky windows, kicked the door in and called 911.

Smoke detectors were not working. 

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