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The Carthage Press
  • Cause of fatal fire may remain a mystery

  • An autopsy on a woman found dead in a burning single-wide mobile home was being performed late Thursday, but the Jasper County Sheriff's Office said it could not release the identity of the victim until that identity is confirmed and family is notified.
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  • An autopsy on a woman found dead in a burning single-wide mobile home was being performed late Thursday, but the Jasper County Sheriff's Office said it could not release the identity of the victim until that identity is confirmed and family is notified.
    In the meantime, Carthage Fire Chief Chris Thompson said investigators were unable to determine the cause of the fire at the home at 12680 County Road 160 because of the extreme fire damage.
    "The Carthage Fire Department, along with investigators from the Jasper County Sheriff's Office and the Missouri State Fire Marshal's Office investigated the scene to determine the origin and cause of this fire," Thompson said in a written release. "Due to the extensive fire damage, no exact fire cause determination could be made. The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Jasper County Sheriff's Office and the Missouri State Fire Marshall's Office."
    Sheriff's Capt. Derek Walrod said the identity of the woman had not been confirmed as of late Thursday.
    He said two occupants, a male and a female, lived at the home, but officers can't confirm with certainty that the woman is the occupant.
    The woman's name won't be released until family is notified of the confirmed identification.
    Carthage Firefighters responded to the fire at 12680 County Road 160 at 4:33 p.m.
    People who called in the fire reported that someone may be trapped in the home.
    Thompson said firefighters arrived on the scene at 4:40 p.m. and found the single-wide mobile home heavily involved with fire.
    "Firefighters initiated a rapid search of the interior of the structure looking for the trapped victim," Thompson said in his release. "During the search, firefighters located a deceased adult female in the mobile home. The identity of the victim is being withheld pending formal identification and notification of family."
    Thompson said firefighters cleared the scene of the fire at approximately 8:30 p.m.

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