A fire in Henrietta took one life last Thursday night, but one inhabitant of the house survived.
Donald Holloway was transported by Ray County Ambulance to Ray County Memorial Hospital where he remains this morning in fair condition.
The other inhabitant, Joyce D. Lane, was found dead by Richmond firefighters about four feet inside the front door, according to a statement released by the fire department.
The report says that a search for occupants began immediately when fire crews arrived. Heavy smoke inside the house from ceiling to floor made it hard for firefighters to search according to the report.
“Conditions inside the structure were not survivable at the time the fire department arrived,” the report says.
The report says about two-thirds of the interior of the house was destroyed.
An initial investigation said the fire was being ruled accidental because an electrical problem could not be ruled out.
Firemen were called to the scene at around 7:30 p.m. last Thursday and remained on the scene until after 1 a.m. Friday morning.
Richmond Fire was assisted at the scene by Ray County Ambulance District, The Henrietta Police Department, Lexington Fire, Orrick Fire, Missouri Highway Patrol, Missouri State Fire Marshalls Office, and Ray County Sheriff’s Department.