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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The medical examiner has positively identified the victim of Wednesday night's fatal fire as 81-year-old Billie L. Best. Firefighters were called to the home on the 2500 block of North Boonville around 10:40 p.m. Wednesday. Best was immobile and restricted to a bed in the living room which may have impeded her ability to escape from the home. The fire cause is undetermined at this time pending the medical examiner's report, but it does appear to be accidental in cause.
The total damage to the home was $40,000. There were no working smoke alarms and no residential sprinkler system in the home.
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For more information call the Springfield Fire Department media line at 874-2301.