News Release - Residential Fire
FROM: Sheriff Ruth Ann Dickerson
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,
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.