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House fire near Peace Valley claims two lives


A house fire that was reported at about 11:40 p.m. Thursday near Peace Valley resulted in the deaths of two people, but the cause of the blaze as been listed as undetermined by the Missouri Division of Fire Safety (DFS) because of the extent of the structure damage.

The Peace Valley-White Church Volunteer Fire Department asked the division to investigate the fire at 12:33 a.m. Friday and an investigator arrived at the scene at 1:13 a.m. The bodies of two people were recovered in the residence, one of them found prior to the DFS investigator’s arrival. The second victim was found at about 4:58 a.m., following an extensive search, according to DFS agents.

The bodies of the victims were released to the Howell County Coroner with a request by DFS for autopsies to be performed.

No one else was reportedly injured in the fire. The house, at 7799 County Road 1940, was two attached single-wide mobile homes and the structure is considered a total loss. The Howell Rural Fire Protection District No. 1, Pomona Fire Protection District and Mtn. View Fire Department assisted in fighting the fire, with further response by the Howell County Sheriff’s Office.