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One dead after Bella Vista house fire


A woman was found dead after firefighters responded to a structure fire on Hope Drive in the early morning hours Thursday, December 22.

Bella Vista firefighters responded at approximately 12:20 a.m. and found the residence about 60 percent involved, according to Bella Vista Fire Department. During the primary search of the residence, two people were found inside.

Shirley Hale, 88, was found deceased inside the home.

One male was found alive in a rear bedroom. Firefighters rescued him and he was airlifted to Springfield from Mercy Bella Vista.

The identity of the deceased subject is being released because next of kin has been notified by police.

There is no further information is available at this time and the cause of the fire is under investigation.