From staff reports
NEOSHO, Mo. —
A house fire Wednesday night about a mile east of Neosho claimed the life of an elderly man and left his wife hospitalized with burns to her head and arms.
The Neosho Fire Department responded to a call at 8:09 p.m. reporting a fire at 13571 Moberly Lane and found a single-story home fully engulfed in flames.
Chief Deputy Chris Jennings of the Newton County Sheriff’s Department said the emergency workers first to arrive on the scene reported finding 74-year-old Doris Parsons outside the house and trying to break out a window in an effort to save her husband. She was taken initially to Freeman Hospital West in Joplin and later transferred to the burn unit of a hospital in Springfield, Jennings said.
It took firefighters about 50 minutes to get the blaze under control and locate the body of Charles M. Parsons, 80, near a door in the couple’s kitchen.
“We’re assuming that he was probably trying to get out through the garage,” Jennings said.
Battalion Chief Bret Smith of the Neosho Fire Department said a state fire marshal was looking into the cause of the fire.