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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Fire takes one life, injures second victim

  • A house fire early Sunday morning, Nov. 3, at 30 Brook Road near Hannibal took the life of Gerald Dean Dobson, 78, and left another person hospitalized in serious condition.
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  • A house fire early Sunday morning, Nov. 3, at 30 Brook Road near Hannibal took the life of Gerald Dean Dobson, 78, and left another person hospitalized in serious condition.
    Marion County Coroner Darrell McCoy reported Dobson was pronounced dead at the scene, and the fire was at his home.
    Dobson's funeral services are pending at James O’Donnell Funeral Home.
    The following report of the fire was provided by Kevin Smith, assistant chief of the Hannibal Rural Fire Protection District.
    The HRFPD was dispatched by Marion County 911 at approximately 6:05 a.m. Sunday, with a report of a structure fire at 30 Brook Road. Neighbors in the area reported smoke and flames coming from the single-story home.
    While Hannibal Rural Fire units were en route, the Hannibal Fire Department was requested for mutual aid, due to the time of day and the high likelihood of occupants being inside.
    When firefighters arrived, a fire attack was initiated, and the fire was extinguished within two minutes.
    Heavy smoke and high heat conditions were encountered, and ventilation was started, along with search efforts.
    At that time two people were located in the home. One victim was removed and Marion County ambulance personnel then treated and transported this person to Hannibal Regional Hospital in serious condition.
    At that time McCoy pronounced Dobson deceased.
    The injured victim’s name was not released with the fire report.
    Fire investigators from the Missouri Division of Fire Safety were requested for assistance in determining the cause of the fire. On Sunday afternoon the official statement was the cause is currently undetermined, pending further investigative efforts. It is anticipated that a final cause will be released in the upcoming days.
     
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