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Smoke ruled as cause of death at Alton

Thursday, March 25, 2004

Staff Writer

OREGON COUNTY -- During a fire at his mobile home, an Alton man died of smoke inhalation.

According to Oregon County Coroner Tom Clary, the Alton Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 3:55 a.m. March 19, two and one half miles east of Alton.

The mobile home with several additions was fully engulfed in flames when the fire department arrived. Alton Fire Chief Barry Fister requested the assistance of the BB Road Fire Department for water and firefighting assistance. Twenty-two firemen fought the blaze. The fire department had been alerted that a man might be in the mobile home. While fighting the fire the body was discovered. Oregon County Sheriff Tim Ward called the state fire marshall for the area, Mike Johnson, and Oregon County Coroner Tom Clary.

Clary was out of town at the time of the fire, but deputy coroner Robert Clary arrived at the fire scene around 5:15 a.m. He sent the body to Southwest Missouri Forensics in Springfield for an autopsy.

Coroner Clary confirmed March 22 that a body had been found in the fire and was identified as as Gene Hollis, 71, of the home.

Clary said the autopsy reveled the cause of death was smoke inhalation

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