Name released of Carthage fire victim - KOAM TV 7

Name released of Carthage fire victim


Updated October 8:  Authorities release the name of a victim of a fatal fire in Carthage last week.

The cause of last Thursday's fire is still under investigation by the Carthage Fire Department and the Missouri Fire Marshal's office.

Fire crews found the mobile home at County Road 160 and Mint Lane fully engulfed in flames.

An autopsy has been completed, showing Janelle Williams, 32, did suffer from smoke inhalation, but an exact cause of death has not been determined.

Captain Derek Walrod with the Jasper County Sheriff's Office says there's no sign of foul play at this time.

Reported October 4, 2012:  The Missouri fire marshal's office is investigating a home fire where a woman has been found dead.

Fire crews responded to a mobile home on Country Road 160 in Carthage on Wednesday shortly after 4:30 p.m.

Fire crews got a call of a person possibly trapped inside.

The fire chief says the mobile home was engulfed in flames when they arrived.

"Our initial actions once we arrived on scene were search and rescue," says Carthage Fire Chief Chris Thompson.  "We had reports of one victim inside the residence so we coordinated the fire attack and search and rescue at the same time, so our fire suppression activities were - took a back seat to the search and rescue side.  Once the victim was located we were able to focus on fire suppression and brought the fire under control pretty quickly after that."

During the search they found a woman dead inside.  Her identity has not yet been released.

The state fire marshal is still trying to determine the cause of the fire.

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