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UPDATE: Woman Dead After Early Morning Fire in Southwest Springfield, MO

No Charges Have Been Filed, Cause of Woman's Death Uncertain

September 24, 2011|Mary Moloney, Adriana Futrell, Greg Leuthen | KSPR News Reporter, Photographer, Producer

Springfield, MO — UPDATED at 4:30 p.m - Authorites have released the man taken into custody for questioning in the aftermath of a house fire. The investigation continues, but Greene County Sheriff's Office have released more details after a woman was found dead inside the house. The female is identified as 37 year old, Kelly Lawler-Ackfeld. The Greene County Sheriff’s Office says the fire is suspicious and the death is also suspicious. The Greene County Medical Examiners Office will be conducting an autopsy on Monday to determine the factors and cause of death.

UPDATED at 2:58 p.m - Authorities have taken a man in for questioning in the aftermath of a house fire. There are visible signs of fire debris in the garage of the home, the trunk of a car parked in the garage, and at least one room in the 2nd level of the home. Check KSPR.com and KSPR News at 6:00 p.m. for the latest details.

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Greene County Sheriff's Detectives and the Missouri State Fire Marshal are sifting through charred debris after a fire burned a home in southwest Springfield.

Investigators were dispatched to the split-level house along the 2300 block of West Nottingham early Saturday morning. Remains from the flames are noticeable on the top and bottom floors as well as the garage.

Shortly after 9 a.m., one person who is believed to be dead was taken from the house and transported by a medical examiner's vehicle. There is no word if other victims were in the home at the time of the fire.

Officials have released few details on the cause of the fire. Stay tuned to KSPR News at 6 and kspr.com for up-to-the-minute updates on this developing story.

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