December 28, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Recent House Fire Claims Second Life

A Dec. 20 house fire in Springfield has resulted in a second fatality. Virginia Hardison, 86, died this morning as a result of injuries sustained from a fire at 1016 E. Talmage St. Hardison was taken to St. John’s with 2nd degree burns on 30 percent of her body following the fire.

An extension cord plugged into a space heater was the cause of the fire, according to the Springfield Fire Department. The Fire Department has ruled the fire accidental. Results of an autopsy on another victim, Cathy Hardison, 50, showed smoke inhalation as the cause of death. Hardison’s body was found in a bedroom of the home.

For more information, contact: Assistant Fire Chief Randy Villines, (417) 864-1527.

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Springfield Fire Department

830 Boonville Ave., P.O. Box 8368, Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1500 • FAX: 417-864-1505 • springfieldmo.gov/fire