Police identify woman found dead in house fire in Springfield; police call death suspicious

Published: Sep. 22, 2020 at 3:27 AM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - Police say one person died in a house fire Monday night, they are calling the death suspicious.

Investigators identified the victim as Alice Hale, 66.

Springfield Police Department’s crime scene unit arrived at the home about 5:20 a.m. Tuesday. The fire started around 10:30 p.m. Monday in the 1700 block of West Lombard, near Scenic and Grand. The fire did extensive damage. Investigators are trying to determine what started the fire.

Neighbors tell KY3 News they had a feeling there was something strange about the fire, as they said the whole block was filled with fire trucks and police cars. One neighbor tells me they heard yelling from inside the home Monday evening, and a friend of the woman says it was unusual she didn’t return a message around 9 p.m. Family say Alice Hale had lived in this neighborhood all her life and worked as a custodian at various Springfield Public Schools up until her retirement. They are shocked at her death and full of questions.

“Why, pretty much the big question is why,” said John Hale, victim’s nephew. “Especially, as they said it’s suspicious. She wasn’t a bad person. She’d tell you exactly what she thought. She wasn’t afraid to smack you in the mouth if you got out of line. I know it was a little kid, that she was was not a spare the rod and spoil the child kind of woman. But she was very loving.”

Detectives continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has information about this incident to contact the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810 or make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 417-869- TIPS (8477).

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