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Body Found In Magazine House Fire

A body found Saturday in the ruins of a house fire in Magazine has been sent to the State Crime Lab for identification.

Magazine Police Chief Boyd Hicks said Monday he has learned of one person who has not been accounted for since the body was discovered.

Hicks and the Magazine Fire Department responded to a fire at 82 South Petit Jean Friday night. Hicks said the home is unoccupied but he had recently received tips that a runaway might be breaking into the home. The chief said he persuaded the home owner to padlock the door to try to deter use of the structure.

When he learned the fire was at that home he feared the runaway might be inside, but after fire department officials cleared the structure he responded, along with officials from the Logan County Sheriff’s Office and Booneville Police Department, to a domestic disturbance in the Ione area.

Following that call, Hicks said, he revisited the scene in the early morning hours of Saturday and although the roof had collapsed the fire appeared to be contained.

However, the fire restarted and an attic area also collapsed, revealing the body.

“Whoever it was was in the attic,” Hicks suspects.

Hicks also said he had found meth lab components in the structure previously and, although a winter storm had knocked out power, that there was no electrical service to the home.

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