The identity of the deceased individual found in the remains of a Richland home after a fire Monday has been released.
Gary Hugh Wilson, 62, was the owner of the residence at 19555 Rawlins Road and the sole occupant of the home, according to information provided by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office. Wilson was identified through the use of dental records, the press release states.
While the sheriff’s office indicated the Missouri State Fire Marshal’s Office is continuing its investigation into the cause of the fire, state officials have stated that there does not appear to be anything suspicious about the blaze that occurred around 9 p.m. January 15, 2018.
Missouri Department of Public Safety spokesman Mike O'Connell said that the cause of the fire is undetermined, not unusual in cases like this. The destruction was too extensive to pinpoint an exact origin.
The small farmhouse was heated by both oil and wood stoves, likely but not definite sources. The blaze destroyed the home.
The Missouri State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department were called in to investigate after firefighters found one victim in the rubble of the home after the incident.
According to a press release from Tri-County Fire Protection District, Pulaski County 911 received a report at 9:19 p.m. Monday of a large fire that was possibly a house in the 19000 block of Rawlins Road, just east of Richland.
At 9:20 p.m. a 1st Alarm Structure Fire was dispatched for Tri-County Fire with Crocker Fire, Waynesville Rural Fire and Pulaski County Ambulance.
Tri-County Command 1391, Command 1392, Pumper/Tanker 1351, Tanker 1361 and Squad 1371 responded with 12 firefighters, according to the press release. Crocker Chief 1501, Engine 1552, Tanker 1563 and Waynesville Engine 1952 responded.
At 9:26 p.m. the reporting party called 911 back stating that it was a home and that it was well involved in flames.
On scene seven minutes after the initial call, Command 1391 and Command 1392 arrived at 9:27 p.m. and reported a fully involved residential structure that was already collapsed. A Tanker was requested from Hazelgreen Fire, and Lebanon Rural was requested to move an Engine up to Tri-County Station #1 for district coverage.
Hazelgreen Tanker 1861 responded to the scene. Lebanon Rural Chief 700 and Engine 72 moved up for coverage.
The incident was placed under control at 10:26 p.m.
Other agencies that assisted included Gascosage Electric, Pulaski County Road & Bridge and Missouri Department of Transportation.