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Members of the Thayer, Mammoth Spring, and Rover Fire Departments responded to a structure fire at 3164 CR 358 that was reported to the Oregon County Sheriff’s Office at 3:41 a.m. today. Other fire departments were on standby.
The sheriff’s department and Thayer police also responded.
The body of a juvenile female was recovered from inside the residence and two juveniles were pronounced deceased at Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) in West Plains, Mo. Eleven persons were in the house at the time of the fire. According to a spokesman for OMC, two juveniles were pronounced dead there. Thayer and Mammoth Spring Ambulance transported the injured to OMC; OMC transferred six patients and discharged one. Those transferred were taken by air to a Springfield hospital.
Funeral arrangements for the three deceased are pending at Clary Funeral Home in Thayer.
Update: The funeral home Sunday released the names of two of the deceased: Ruby Sue Bowers, 2, and Dallas Michael Bowers, 3. Both are daughters of Michael Bowers and Selinna Seelye. Arrangements are incomplete at this time. To view Ruby’s obituary, click HERE. The third victim has been identified as Remedy Moore, 8, daughter of Eurainna Walling and Joseph Moore.
A gofundme page titled “Heaven has gained three Angels in fire” has been established. To link to page, click HERE. According to the gofundme page the house was occupied by Eurinna Walling and Joseph Moore and children, and Selianna Seelye and Michael Bowers and children. Reportedly Eurinna and Selianna are sisters. Funds are needed for funeral costs, medical costs and housing costs. The goal at this point is $30,000.
A Thayer firefighter and a Thayer police officer sought medical treatment at OMC for smoke inhalation and an injured hand sustained during rescue attempts. According to OMC, they were treated and released.
An on-going investigation by the Missouri State Fire Marshall’s Office, Thayer Police Department, the Oregon County Coroner, and the Oregon County Sheriff’s Office is underway. Cause of the fire has not been determined.On Monday Dec. 6, a spokesman for the State Fire Marshall’s Office said that due to the extent of the damage cause or origin of the fire has not yet been determined. He said the investigation is continuing.
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