One Person Dies in Fire in Yellville

by: Brad Haworth, KTLO

One person is dead and another person was critically injured following an early morning house fire in Yellville Tuesday. The victim of the fire is an adult female while an adult male was airlifted to a Springfield hospital. No names have been released pending the notification of next of kin.

Marion County Office of Emergency Management Director Keith Edmonds says the fire was reported at 1:04 Tuesday morning at 904 North Wickersham. Three people were in the house and four people were in a camper trailer parked next to the residence. Edmonds says the electricity to the camper trailer went out and a male went to the house to investigate. When he entered the house, the wall where the breaker box is located was on fire.

Firefighters from Yellville, Summit, Flippin and Ralph-Caney spent three and a half hours battling what Edmonds termed a “fast moving fire.” The house and the camper trailer are listed as a total loss. An adjacent house received minor damage from the fire as well.

Edmonds says from the preliminary investigation they believe the fire was electrical in nature. Marion County Sheriff Clinton Evans says the investigation into the fire is continuing by his department and the Yellville Fire Department.