Some names released in deadly MO house fire

Some names released in deadly MO house fire
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

THAYER, MO (KAIT) - Authorities have released the names of two juveniles that died from an early-morning house fire in Oregon County, Missouri.

According to the Oregon County Sheriff's Office, multiple fire departments were called to a structure fire on Oregon County Road 358 at 3:41 a.m. on Dec. 4.

The body of a girl was recovered from inside the residence and two other juveniles were pronounced dead at a hospital in West Plains, according to sheriff office. Eleven people were in the residence at the time of fire.

On Monday, the sheriff's office released the names of two victims that were pronounced dead at the Ozarks Medical Center.

They are Dallas Bowers, 3, and Ruby Bowers, 2. The name of the victim inside the residence was not released.

Neighbors told Region 8 News two sisters lived in the home with their 8 children.

Several family members were taken to the same hospital for treatment of burns and/or smoke inhalation. Some will be transferred to a Springfield hospital for further treatment.

The sheriff's office reports that a Thayer firefighter and police officer also suffered from smoke inhalation and an injured hand during rescue attempts. The officer has since been treated and released

An investigation into the fire is underway by the Missouri State Fire Marshal's Office, Thayer Police Department, the Oregon County coroner and the Oregon County Sheriff's Office.

A neighbor across the street, Siera Perry, said a few children in the home woke her up to say their house was on fire. Perry tried to comfort the children while her husband attempted to help get the others out.

"The father of the five children couldn't get in so my husband and an officer tried to get in the back door," Perry said. "My husband made it as far as the kitchen."

Perry said she is still in shock that this tragedy happened.

"I couldn't imagine a loss of a child. I am just kind of waiting for it to hit I guess," Perry said. "I loved every single one of them children in that house as if they were my own."

Neighbors and members in the community told Region 8 News they are collecting money and clothing for the family since they lost everything.

"Nobody should feel the loss of a child and I just hope everybody can pray for them," Perry said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. No other details have been released at this time.

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