Neosho fatal fire caused by electrical problem

Updated May 15, 2013 – News release from the Missouri Department of Safety:

A fire on Moberly Lane that claimed the life of a Neosho man last week has been determined accidental.

Mike O’Connell, communications director at the Missouri State Fire Marshal’s Office, said on Tuesday that it was determined that the fire at 13571 Moberly Lane was caused by an electrical problem.

The Neosho Fire Department was dispatched to the home of Charles and Doris Parsons around 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 8.

The single-story home was fully engulfed in flames at the time of their arrival.

Charles Parsons, 80, was killed in the fire, while his wife, Doris Parsons, 74, was taken to a Springfield hospital for treatment.

Firefighters from the Neosho Fire Department, Granby Fire Department and Diamond Fire Department battled the blaze, and the state fire marshal remained on scene into the night investigating the cause of the fire.

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Updated May 9, 2013 at 2:41 PM CST: The Newton County coroner has released the name of the man killed in last night’s fire. Charles Parsons, 80, passed away in the fire.

The coroner says Parsons’ wife, Doris Parsons, had been gardening at the time of the fire, tried to get in to help but was burned in the fire. She is now at the burn center in Springfield.

The coroner says the couple’s dog died in the fire as well.

Updated May 9, 2013 at 12:10 PM CST: The state fire marshal investigates a deadly house fire in Newton County.

An autopsy is underway today on the body of a person found in the burning home last night.

The Neosho Fire Department responded to the call shortly after 8 p.m.

When crews arrived flames had already engulfed the home at East McKinney and Moberly.

According to the Newton County coroner the body was found near the back door. The coroner says the individual was most likely trying to escape the fire through the back because the front door was engulfed in flames.

The victim’s name has not been released at this time.

We’ll have the latest information tonight on KOAM News at 5.

Posted May 9, 2013 at 4:00 AM CST: One person is dead after a fire engulfs a home in Newton County, Missouri.

The Neosho fire department responded to a report of a fire at 13571 Moberly Lane just east of Neosho at 8:07 Wednesday night.

When crews arrived, the home was engulfed in flames.

A Neosho Sheriff’s dispatcher says at least one person has been confirmed dead.

We’ll have more as information becomes available.