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Miller County officials identify victim in fire

Miller County officials identify victim in fire

March 9th, 2018 by News Tribune in Local News

A woman was found dead Tuesday, March 6, 2018, after a fire at 576 Old Ten Mile Road in Mary's Home.

Miller County authorities have identified the victim of a Tuesday night house fire.

Sandra Bush, 57, a resident of the home, was identified as the victim, Miller County Sheriff Louie Gregorie said Thursday. He said the cause of death was undetermined.

The Cole County Fire Protection District was called at 5:20 p.m. Tuesday to the scene at 576 Old Ten Mile Road in Mary's Home.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, the farm house was engulfed in flames.

Firefighters were notified of a person possibly inside the home, but they could not access the home due to the intensity of the heat and flames.

Bush was found dead in a back bedroom.

District personnel were called out again at 5:51 a.m. Wednesday for a report of an explosion and fire at the same address. The first arriving units found the structure had collapsed, and what was left was in flames.

The state fire marshal's office reported Wednesday afternoon that the fire occurred in the southeast corner of the home on or near a recliner. The remains of a heating pad and a lightweight energized extension cord were located in the area.

"These items were unable to be eliminated as a possible cause for the fire," the report read. "There were no smoke alarms in the home."

"At this time, we do not believe there was anything suspicious about the nature of the fire," Gregorie said.