Flames light the early morning sky from on house fire on Dover Road in Springfield Thursday morning. DEANGELO BYRD/STAFF

UPDATE: Coroner names victim in Springfield fire

The Clark County Coroner has officially identified the victim of the fire on Dover Road last month as 68-year-old Andrew Asebrook.

Officials suspected after the fire that the victim could’ve been the homeowner, but couldn’t say definitely.

The fire started around 2 a.m. on Aug. 30. When crews arrived on the scene, the fire was already 50 percent involved.

Officials said at the time that a possible hoarding situation in the home made rescue efforts very difficult — furniture and other items blocked the door.

RELATED: Springfield coping with 3 fire deaths in just over 2 weeks

Springfield Fire Rescue Division Chief Brian Miller previously said, it appeared the fire started in the garage area of the home, but an exact cause could possibly never be determined, due to the amount of damage.

Just two weeks prior, a fire on Wiley Ave. killed two people. Investigator Pat Gleason with the coroner’s office said the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office will be relying on DNA records to try to identify them. Officials have said it could take up to two months using that method.

The Wiley Ave. fire happened on Aug. 12. The house actually collapsed as crews walked up to it with hoses. In that case, it wasn’t clear how long the fire had been burning before someone finally called 9-1-1.

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