1 person found dead; fire marshal investigating massive house fire in Cape Girardeau Co.

Published: Dec. 8, 2021 at 4:49 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 8, 2021 at 4:26 PM CST
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CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, Mo. (KFVS) - Multiple fire departments were called out to a massive early morning house fire in Cape Girardeau County on Wednesday, December 8.

After speaking with relatives who lived in the home, investigators found 81-year-old Arno Raymond Southard, of Cape Girardeau, inside it.

The fire marshal will be investigating the death, cause and origin of the fire.

Crews arrived at the home in the 4000 block of Highway W at 4 a.m. They said heavy flames and smoke could be seen coming out of what was once the windows and roof.

According to the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy attempted to see if anyone was home; however, the deputy couldn’t get into the home due the extent of flames, smoke and heat.

No firefighters were injured.

Cape Girardeau Fire Battalion Chief Brad Dillow said they had issues battling the blaze when crews first arrived because of water supply issues, but this was quickly resolved and under control.

Cape Girardeau Fire Department, Jackson Fire and Rescue, Fruitland Area Fire Protection District, East County Fire Protection District, Gordonville Fire Department, Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office, Cape County Private Ambulance and Cape Girardeau County Mobile Support were on the scene.

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