Region 8 man dies when fire engulfs home

TYLER, MO (KAIT) - A Region 8 man died Friday when fire destroyed his Southeast Missouri home.

According to the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Office, just after 7:30 Friday morning a passing motorist noticed smoke pouring from a home on Missouri State Highway DD near Tyler.

When Cooter firefighters arrived they found the home engulfed in flames.  Crews from Steele and Caruthersville were called in to provide additional assistance and water.

Once the fire was knocked out, investigators found the body of 71-year-old Joe Hardesty in a bedroom.

The Missouri State Fire Marshal has been contacted.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

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