by: Scott McCaulley
One person is dead after a Residential Structure Fire in Hollister on Thursday.
A release from the Western Taney County Fire Protection District on their Facebook Page indicates that units were called to Michaels Street in just before 4:00. Crews arriving on the scene saw heavy smoke coming from the house and quickly knocked down the blaze while conducting a search of the interior where they discovered one female and three pets, all deceased.
Ozarks First’s Jacob Blount reported from the scene that neighbors heard and explosion prior to the signs of smoke from the house. Ozarks First also confirms the identity of the victim as 79-year-old Betty Sisson.
That State Fire Marshall will investigate the cause of the fire.
At approximately 3:55pm units from the Western Taney County Fire Protection District were dispatched to a residential structure fire on Michaels St. in Hollister. On arrival heavy smoke conditions were present from the exterior. Crews mounted an aggressive interior attack and primary search. Firefighters quickly located one victim inside the residence and removed them.
The fire was quickly knocked down and firefighters were on scene for a significant amount of time locating hidden fire in the walls of the home.
The victim, two dogs and a cat did not survive. This is the first fire fatality for the district in over two years. The cause of the fire does not appear suspicious in nature and is under investigation by the Missouri State fire Marshall’s office.
It is not the policy of our district to release the names of the victim. We extend our thoughts and prayers to the family of the victim and we ask our community to do the same. Further information will be released if and when it becomes available.