Woman found dead in remains of Stone County brush fire

REEDS SPRING, Mo. Stone County authorities are investigating the death of a woman found in the remains of a brush fire.

The Southern Stone County Fire Protection District responded to the fire call near Route Y and Curry Lane just west of Reeds Spring. Crews found Christine Kendrick Shorey, 71, lying near her home in the area of the fire.

Fire officials say it looks like the woman was working in the yard, gardening and burning leaves when the fire grew out of control.

"Our duty chief was making his rounds and checking for hot spots. He noticed a flair up in the middle of the fire and, went over and discovered a body.," said Eric Nielsen with the Fire Protection District.

Neighbor Deryl King knew something was wrong. "I was leaving out of the driveway and I saw smoke coming out of the timber across the street there and I decided to drive up and see what is going on. I finally figured out there was more fire than there should have been. That's when I called the fire department."

The Stone County Sheriff’s Office also had deputies on the scene.