UPDATE: Victim of Fatal Fire in Billings Named

By Brett Martin | bmartin@kolr10.com

Published 02/11 2014 08:21AM

Updated 02/11 2014 06:08PM


BILLINGS, Mo. -- The victim of a fatal fire in Billings has been named.

According to Christian County Coroner Brad Cole, the victim was Dena Sneed.

An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday to determine the cause of death.

BILLINGS, Mo. -- Fire officials in Billings, Missouri confirm the body of a female has been found in the ruins of a home destroyed by fire early Tuesday.

Billings Fire Chief Henry Boss tells KOLR10 News the body was found by a search and rescue team, after learning one person was unaccounted for.  The fire was reported about 5:00 am  on West Highway 60 just east of Billings.

Boss says the house was engulfed in flames when fire crews got there.  One person was able to escape the fire, but the second person could not be found.  Boss says the body was found inside the house, once teams were able to get the fire out and conducted a safe search.

Boss said his crews also battled sub-freezing temperatures, with ice forming on fire gear.  Crews also had difficulty fighting the fire because of all the items around the house, and the condition of the house itself.   Traffic was shut down on Highway 60 in both directions for a time, to accommodate fire trucks, but then was reopened in one direction to help ease the traffic backup.

The names of the people who live on the property, surrounded by a junk yard, were not released.  The Missouri State Fire Marshal's office is on the scene investigating the cause of the fire.

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