The discovery of a body in a Downtown apartment building that caught fire Wednesday night is being investigated as a homicide.
The victim was identified as Todd Scholl, 47, of 1201 N. Flora Ave. Scholl is the owner of the Downtown nightclubs Berlin and Diesel. He was found in a first-floor storage area of the apartment building at 105 SW Perry Ave. after firefighters were called to the scene about 11:25 p.m.
The man was pronounced dead about an hour later, according to Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll.
Scholl had burns to his body but also other unspecified trauma that led authorities to believe the death was a homicide. The fire also is being investigated as a possible arson.
Ingersoll said tests will be performed today to determine whether the victim was alive at the time of the fire. An autopsy also is scheduled for later today.