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UPDATE: Officials name man who died in mobile home fire

Sunday, February 13, 2011 | 4:29 p.m. CST; updated 9:28 p.m. CST, Monday, February 14, 2011

CORRECTION: A headline on this story incorrectly attributed the identification of the victim to police.

COLUMBIA — The man who died in the first fire fatality in the Boone County Fire District since June 2009 has been identified.

Jerry G. Parker died Saturday night after a fire engulfed his mobile home, said Battalion Chief Gale Blomenkamp of the Boone County Fire Protection District.

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At 5:36 p.m. Saturday, the Fire District received a call from a resident of High Hill Trailer Park East on Old Millers Road. The caller reported that Parker’s trailer was on fire and that someone was inside "kicking and yelling for help," Blomenkamp said.

Four firefighters entered the burning trailer at about 5:40 p.m. Parker was quickly found and removed from the trailer, but he had no pulse, Blomenkamp said.

Parker was pronounced dead on the scene, and his body was turned over to the Boone County medical examiner. Maj. Tom Reddin of the Boone County Sheriff's Department said an autopsy was pending.

Parker was alone in the trailer, and no firefighters were injured, Blomenkamp said.

The cause of the fire, where it started and the reason Parker was unable to get out of his home were still under investigation as of Sunday afternoon.   

Boone County Fire Chief Scott Olsen said in a previous Missourian article that the fire was most likely accidental.

There were smoke detectors in the trailer, but it is unknown whether they were working, Blomenkamp said. Damage was estimated to be around $15,000.


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