Update to Deadly House Fire in Rural Adrian

At approximately 330am on 3/3/2021 dispatch received a call of a structure fire in rural Adrian. When a deputy arrived on scene he observed a mobile home fully engulfed in fire. Fire units arrived and began an interior fire attack.

Once the fire was extinguished, the remains of one person was found. Investigators remained on scene throughout the day to determine the nature of the fire and to perform a thorough death investigation.

The human remains were turned over to the Bates County Coroner for identification and to determine the cause of death. An autopsy is schedule for 3/5/2021.

There is still work to be done on this case before any official determination is made but at this point, there is no suspicion of foul play and it appears this incident may be accidental in nature. The Sheriff’s Office is conducting a joint death investigation with the Bates County Coroner’s Office and the Missouri Fire Marshal’s Office.

Public identification of the deceased person will be done by the Bates County Coroner Greg Mullinax.