June 10, 2010

News Release

For Immediate Release

June 9 Fatality Fire Victim

The victim in the Wednesday, June 9, fire at the Rancho Motel on East Kearney Street has been identified as 51-year-old James Martin Steffens. Autopsy results indicate Mr. Steffens died from smoke inhalation as a result of the fire. The Springfield Fire Department fire marshal’s office has ruled this an accidental fire due to careless smoking.

For more information, contact: Randy Villines, Assistant Fire Chief, (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