Names released of those killed in New Madrid Co. house fire

MOREHOUSE, MO (KFVS) - New Madrid County Sheriff Terry Stephens confirms that the four people who died in an overnight fire early Friday were killed from smoke inhalation.

Stevens says Brittany Orr, her brother Christopher King, King's girlfriend Sheena Hise and their 1-month-old baby boy Bradyn Lee James Hise all died in the home.

According to Stephens, autopsies Saturday confirm all four died of smoke inhalation.

Stevens says all three of the adults were near exits. The fire was caused by faulty wiring, he said.

The Major Case Squad unit was activated overnight, and Stevens says they first treated it as a homicide investigation.

"We don't find any evidence at this time of any foul play," said Stevens. "Our preliminary findings, is, it's gonna be accidental event. We are not gonna make a complete ruling until after the autopsies."

Sadly, no one made it out of the house.

"I couldn't even see fire, just smoke," said Debbie Edsall. "It was gone--It was gone. These houses go up so fast. They are so old. It feels like I'm in a dream and gonna wake up in a minute."

Debbie Edsall says her daughter-in-law leaves behind two children who were staying with her at the time of the fire.

Stevens says it is standard procedure to treat multiple deaths as a homicide. This way, investigators won't have to go back and collect evidence should they learn in a few days that this is, in fact, a homicide.

The New Madrid County Sheriff's Department, along with Sikeston DPS and the Missouri Highway Patrol combed through the charred remains of the house Friday morning, searching for clues as to how it happened.

Emergency crews got the call of the fire at 2:11 a.m. at 22 Morehouse Street in an area known as the colony.

"It affects this entire community," said Sheriff Stevens. "This is a small community where everybody knows everybody. Grew up together go to school and church together. So, it's gonna be really tough for the people to get over this."

The state Fire Marshal was on the scene as well.

Family says a fund has been set up for the victims at 1st Community Bank in Morehouse.

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