Moorehouse, MO Ten Die In House Fire, Feb 1963
10 IN FAMILY DIE AS FLAMES LEVEL HOUSE.
8 CHILDREN ARE VICTIMS.
Sikeston, Mo. (AP) - Ten persons, all members of the same family, burned to death today in their home about seven miles west of Sikeston, the highway patrol reported.
Firemen from Sikeston found the home in flames at 3 a.m. and were unable to locate any survivors.
The highway patrol listed the dead as MR. and MRS. PAUL SAVILLE and eight children.
The children were PAUL DAVID, JR., 11; GLENDA SUE, 9; HESTER, 8; EVERETT, 7; ALVIN, 5; HENDERSON, 3; MICHAEL, 4; and ZELDA MAE, three months.
Chief of Police J. T. Kindred said it appeared that the family was trapped in the one story frame dwelling at Moorehouse, Mo. The bodies were found in two beds, Kindred said.
Police said SAVILLE was disabled. He had been supporting his family on a government pension.
Kindred said the cause of the fire has not been determined. The only apparent source of heat in the home was a coal stove.
"I doubt that they were ever aware of the fire, judging from the location of the bodies," volunteer fire chief J. W. Wyrick said.
The victims were all severely burned.
"We think the fire must have started in the ceiling and it collapsed on them," Wyrick said.
News-Journal Mansfield Ohio 1963-02-23