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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Neosho fire victim identified

  • The name of the fire victim who perished in Wednesday night's house fire has been released.
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  • The name of the fire victim who perished in Wednesday night's house fire has been released.
    Charles Parsons, 80, was at his home, 13571 Moberly Ln., Neosho, at the time of the fire.
    "I think that it was 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, when the (Newton County) Sheriff's Department and Neosho Fire responded to 13571 Moberly Lane, right outside of town, house fire, totally engulfed," Newton County Chief Deputy Chris Jennings said. "There was a female on the outside of the structure, beating on the window. She was identified as Doris Parsons, 74. Apparently a fire started at the front of the house, while she was outside gardening. Her husband, Charles, was still in the house. She was trying to break a window. Mr. Parsons was located inside the structure, obviously deceased, it appeared like possibly he was trying to get out through the garage."
    Doris was transported to the Springfield burn unit.
    "She was taken last night before we could talk to her," Jennings said. "We will be interviewing her as soon as medically possible, just to see if we could figure out anymore information. The fire marshal was called due to the death in the fire."
    An autopsy on Charles was being performed Thursday and Jennings noted hopefully they will have some results as to the cause of death.
    "At this point, no reason to think anything other than just a fire, but due to the death we will be investigating, trying to get some more details," he said. "We have no reason to suspect foul play. We are going to interview her find out why she was on the outside; I think there is reason for that. We are just going to talk to her when she is able to talk and put some more pieces together and I am sure that it will all make sense then."
    The cause of the fire is still unknown.
    The next of kin was notified and the house was totally destroyed.
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