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UPDATE: Assault and theft reported in Monday night's Hannibal fire

Multiple fire stations are on the scene of a house fire at 771 Head Lane in Hannibal. The fire broke out just before 7 p.m. Monday evening.

UPDATED Tuesday at 5:20 p.m.

Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Shin told KHQA the investigation on Tuesday did lead officials to recover the stolen vehicle from Monday night.

Shinn said he would not release the location of the car to avoid compromising the scene.

"I do want to clarify that we do not beleive that the public is in danger as this duplex residence was targeted by the suspects," Shinn explained. "It was not a random act of burglary, assault, and arson. We have learned this through our investigations."


UPDATED Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.

Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Shinn sent a release Tuesday morning with an update from the Monday night Hannibal fire.

According to Shinn, after officers arrived on scene, it was learned that the occupant of the duplex was assaulted by two black male suspects who were apparently inside the residence once the occupant arrived home.

After the assault, items were taken from the residence and the suspects started the duplex on fire and fled the scene.

The incident is being investigated by the Marion County Sheriff's Office and the Hannibal Police Department.

The State Fire Marshal's Office was also called in to assist in the investigation to find the exact cause of the fire.


ORIGINAL:

Firefighters responded to a duplex fire at 771 Head Lane in Hannibal Monday night.

The fire broke out just before 7 p.m. Monday evening.

According to Hannibal Rural Fire Chief Mike Dobson, the duplex was fully engulfed when crews arrived on scene.

"It was obviously out the front window, the whole apartment was involved," Dobson said.

One woman was taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital with injuries and is in stable condition.

However, officials are not confirming or denying that the injuries are related to the fire.

Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Shinn said the fire is now considered a criminal investigation.

A witness tells KHQA she heard a loud bang before seeing smoke and flames come from the building.

"I was inside the house and i heard this boom really loud and i saw some smoke coming out of this house here," Faye Bleigh explained. "There were flames coming out of it and of course there was smoke everywhere."

The Missouri State Fire Marshal is on scene to investigate.



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