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House Fire Victim Identified

<p><strong>Searching the ashes.</strong> Magazine Police Chief Boyd Hicks looks through the ruins of a house fire in Magazine. The body of a man found in the home was identified last week.</p>

Searching the ashes. Magazine Police Chief Boyd Hicks looks through the ruins of a house fire in Magazine. The body of a man found in the home was identified last week.

Using DNA, the Arkansas State Crime Lab last week identified the victim of a Magazine house fire as Robert Ray Pool according to Magazine Police Chief Boyd Hicks.

Hicks said that although the identification of the victim was made, a cause of death has not.

Pool, 34, of Booneville, was discovered in the ruins of the vacant home in the 100 block of South Petit Jena Street during the morning hours of Dec. 7.

The Magazine Fire Department had responded to the fire at the home on Friday night and initially cleared the home — initial fears were that a runaway might have been staying in the home.

At one point firemen had the fire contained but it would later restart and when a portion containing the attic collapsed, the body was discovered. Hicks said he believed the man had been in the attic.

Sifting through the rubble in the days after the fire, Hicks uncovered many components commonly associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine. Hicks also said he has seized multiple suspected labs from the premises from the residence in the past.

The cause of the fire is under investigation as there was no electrical service to the vacant home and an ice storm had knocked out power throughout the area.

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