The fatal fire in Richland was ruled undetermined following an investigation by the Missouri State Fire Marshall's Office, though there was nothing suspicious found.
Missouri Department of Public Safety spokesman Mike O'Connell said that the undetermined finding is not unusual in cases like this, as the destruction is too extensive to pinpoint a likely origin.
The small farmhouse was heated by both oil and wood stoves, and the blaze destroyed the home. The name of the victim has not yet been released.
ORIGINAL REPORT: The Missouri State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department are investigating a residential structure fire after one victim was found in the Richland area home Monday night.
According to a press release from Tri-County Fire Protection District, Pulaski County 911 received a report at 9:19 p.m. January 15, 2018 of a large fire that was possibly a house in the 19000 block of Rawlins Road, just east of Richland. At 9:20 p.m. a 1st Alarm Structure Fire was dispatched for Tri-County Fire with Crocker Fire, Waynesville Rural Fire and Pulaski County Ambulance.
Tri-County Command 1391, Command 1392, Pumper/Tanker 1351, Tanker 1361 and Squad 1371 responded with 12 firefighters, according to the press release. Crocker Chief 1501, Engine 1552, Tanker 1563 and Waynesville Engine 1952 responded.
At 9:26 a.m. the reporting party called 911 back stating that it was a home and that it was well involved in flames.
On scene seven minutes after the initial call, Command 1391 and Command 1392 arrived at 9:27 p.m. and reported a fully involved residential structure that was already collapsed. A Tanker was requested from Hazelgreen Fire, and Lebanon Rural was requested to move an Engine up to Tri-County Station #1 for district coverage.
Hazelgreen Tanker 1861 responded to the scene. Lebanon Rural Chief 700 and Engine 72 moved up for coverage.
During extinguishment, one victim was found deceased in the home, the press release stated. No details as to the victim’s identity have been released at this time.
The incident was placed under control at 10:26 p.m.
Other agencies that assisted included Gascosage Electric, Pulaski County Road & Bridge and MoDOT.