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News Release - Residential Fire


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 FROM: Sheriff Ruth Ann Dickerson
 DATE: 12/08/2021
 For immediate release
 On December 8th, 2021, at approximately 4:00 am.
 The Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Office received
 a 911 call reporting a structure fire at 4809
 State Highway W. At the same time a deputy was
 driving by and saw the fire and confirmed to dispatch
 a residential single-story home was fully engulfed.
 Our deputy attempted to determine if anyone was
 home, however could not gain entrance to the
 residence due to the extent of the flames, smoke,
 and heat.
 At approximately 4:12 am, Fire Departments from
 Cape Girardeau, East County, Gordonville, Fruitland,
 & Jackson began arriving at the residence.
 Upon further investigation of the fire and after
 speaking with relatives about who resided there,
 it was found that Arno Raymond Southard, age
 81 of Cape Girardeau Missouri, was discovered
 deceased inside the residence.
 The fire marshal will be investigating the death,
 cause, and origin of the fire.