- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 21, 2014

DIGGINS, Mo. (AP) - Fire officials have identified the person who died in a fire during the weekend in southwest Missouri.

The Southern Webster County Fire Department says 76-year-old Bessie Terrill died in the fire at her home near Diggins Sunday afternoon. A man escaped from the home with burns on the lower half of his body.

The state fire marshal says the fire apparently was accidental but investigators could not determine the cause because of the extent of damage to the home.

Oxygen tanks in the home exploded during the fire, causing minor injuries to three firefighters.



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