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Crocker fire kills one Saturday morning, no name yet released
Crocker fire kills one Saturday morning, no name yet released

One person died in this home Saturday morning north of Crocker.
CROCKER, Mo. (June 20, 2009) — Fire investigators have not released the name of a person who died early Saturday morning north of Crocker.

According to Assistant Fire Chief Mark Fancher, firefighters received a call about 9 a.m. from a neighbor reporting that a home on the 13000 block of Blue Jay Road had burned to the ground overnight and neighbors could not find the person who lived there. Crocker firefighters responded with three pumpers, one tanker and a command vehicle, but found the house had completely collapsed into the basement and the fire was mostly out.

“It was on the ground when we arrived; the only thing we saw was some smoke coming out of the basement,” Fancher said.

Tri-County firefighters were called from Richland but cancelled before they arrived once Crocker firefighters determined they would not be needed.

Kass Brazeal, an investigator with the state fire marshal’s office, said one person was found inside the home but the name of the person and cause of the blaze remained under investigation. Information won’t be released until an autopsy is completed, he said.

Brazeal said the fire investigation is being conducted jointly with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and the Crocker firefighters, and further information would be released through the local agencies.

Capt. Bill Anderson of the sheriff’s department said one son of the homeowner has not yet been notified and requested that media not release the address of the burned home until that person can be located.

While the fire was mostly out when firefighters arrived, firefighters had to spray water on the burning basement and that generated large amounts of steam. Anderson and Fancher said that made firefighting more difficult.

“It’s hot,” Fancher said. “About every 10 minutes we had to rotate groups in and out at the scene.”

Fire Chief Kenny Gardner drove back and forth to Crocker to obtain water for the firefighters from 9 a.m. until nearly 1:30 p.m. when firefighters left the burned-out home.

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