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March 9, 2012

Fire victims identified

MORAVIA — The two fatality victims of Tuesday’s fire in rural Moravia have been positively identified by the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office.

Identification of the victims confirmed the Sheriff’s Office preliminary investigation as to the identity of the occupants of the home.

The occupants of the residence, whom were renting the rural residence, are 50 year old, George “Bird” Dwayne Ellison and his 50 year old wife, Sheila Lorraine Ellison.

Mr. and Mrs. Ellison were lifetime residents of the area, very well known throughout the area, and active in community events in the Moravia area.

Autopsy results are still pending and the cause of death determination is pending at this time.

On Tuesday, March 6 at approximately 10:05 p.m. the Appanoose County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 report of a residential fire at 14498 250th Ave, Moravia. The caller reported an explosion at the residence and believed the occupants of the residence were inside the burning home.

Upon arrival at the two story rural farm dwelling, the residence was found to be fully engulfed in fire which prohibited Fire Personnel from making a search and rescue of the residence.

A Husband and Wife, who were renting the residence, were last seen shortly after 9:00 p.m. returning home to the residence. All of the occupants’ vehicles have been accounted for at the residence and it is believed the occupants were inside the residence at the time of the fire.

The names of the occupants are not being released by Law Enforcement until further details in the investigation are gathered.

Appanoose County Sheriff has requested assistance from the Iowa State Fire Marshall and investigation at the scene of the fire is ongoing.

Emergency Responders from Moravia, Centerville, Mystic and Mercy Ambulance were called to the scene to assist with controlling the blaze.

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