Investigators say 2 found dead in Wednesday morning house fire in Battlefield, Mo.

Published: Jan. 27, 2021 at 8:21 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 27, 2021 at 8:50 AM CST
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - The Battlefield Fire Department is investigating a deadly house fire that started a little after 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Investigators confirm two fatalities. They have not released the identities.

The fire at the house on 4100 Somerset Drive caused extensive damage to the home. Neighbors tell KY3 that they saw flames coming out of the roof and called 911.

Investigators are interviewing neighbors about who lives inside the home. The neighbors called 911. Quincy Buchanan, who lives behind the house, was the first to report the fire and tried in vain to save the victims.

“About 6:30 (in the morning) I looked out the back door and saw flames shooting out the top of the house,” Buchanan recalled. “At first it was almost disbelief that a house was on fire next to us. Then I opened the door and didn’t hear any sirens. I started yelling at my husband that the house was on fire so I ran back in and called 911 and he came over and started banging on the door to try and get people up. I came over and started banging on the windows as well.”

Their efforts were futile though and firefighters were hampered in their response because of the snowy weather with one truck sliding off the road.

”No injuries or major damage in that one,” Battlefield Chief Scott Moore explained. “It was just a slide-off. Slick roads make for slow travel for our crews. We kind of weigh risk-benefit against ‘we need to get here’. A lot of times you’ll see ‘em not even run emergency (lights) because it causes more delays than otherwise. And we don’t want to put anyone else at risk.”

By the middle of the day the fire trucks were gone and the Greene County Sheriff’s Office had set up its crime investigation unit. Around 2:30 p.m. the medical examiner’s office arrived as authorities try to piece together the puzzle of how the couple died and provide concerned neighbors with some answers.

”We’ve very concerned,” Buchanan said. “Just a nice couple that liked to set out on their back porch a lot and listen to music and burn fire in their fire pit. Had their grandkids over a lot. Played in the backyard, had a couple of dogs. Just real friendly and nice people.”

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