Two perish in house fire outside of Alba; Sisters attended Webb City Schools

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The two victims, under 10, were at the residence with their maternal grandfather and an older sibling

UPDATED STORY: JASPER COUNTY, Mo. (Rural Alba) — Information has been updated continually since daylight. The names of the two girls have been released regarding the fire in rural Alba. The two sisters, Laynee (6) and Kynzee (8), were both students in Webb City.

Thank you to Sgt Thresher of the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office for providing Joplin News First with important details early Thursday morning. Additional information obtained includes, the two children who died were at home with an older sibling and their maternal grandfather.

According to medical reports, the 59-year-old man suffered significant smoke inhalation and hypothermia, lows dipped into the low 20s. He was transported to an area hospital. The surviving juvenile was transported private vehicle to a home in Alba where officers and medical staff checked later into the night. She had also suffered smoke inhalation, but did not require hospital transport.

A GO FUND ME has been set up by a friend, Shannon Devore. Joplin News First has confirmed with family this is a valid campaign. “I am starting this fundraiser for the Norris family that lost their beloved daughters in a house fire last night in Alba. One of the young girls was one of my daughters best friends/ classmate. They not only had the tragic loss of their young but lost everything they had. Please help and share if you can.”

The school will have additional counselors for anyone wishing to speak to a professional, privately, about this devastating loss.

The Webb City Schools offer counseling support from professionals in a social media update.

“We are saddened to learn of the death of two Webb City Students, one who attended Harry S Truman and one who attended Bess Truman Primary Center, in a house fire early this morning. These students also have a sibling attending Webb City Middle School. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to their family. Many children have and will be, affected by this news. We encourage you to be especially sensitive and prepare to offer support to your students during this time. Please know that we will have additional counselors available for those wishing to speak to someone. Over the next few days, we encourage you to be diligent in observing the actions of your students to ensure that those who may need additional support will receive it. Webb City Public Schools (in part)

Sheriff Randee Kaiser updates us with the necessary details regarding the fire investigation, “At approximately 10:40 PM, 2-6-20, Jasper County Deputies were dispatched to the area of 11858 CL 196 in Alba, Mo. Upon arrival, deputies saw a fully engulfed trailer house and were told there were two people trapped inside. After the fire was extinguished, firefighters located two bodies inside the residence. Eight year-old Kinsey [sic] Norris and 6 year-old Laynee Norris were deceased inside the structure fire. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office along with the Missouri State Fire Marshall’s Office are investigating possible causes of the fire.”

The Tri-Cities Fire Protection District was the primary department, as the fire was in their jurisdiction. Mutual aid was requested of Carthage Fire Department and the Oronogo Fire District. Chief Craig of Tri-Cities posted a message to the public first thing Friday.


ORIGINAL STORY: JASPER COUNTY, Mo. (Rural Alba) — Thursday night just before 10:45 PM report of a structure fire southwest of Alba.

Tri-Cities Fire Protection District, Oronogo Fire District and Carthage Fire Department responded to battle the blaze. Upon arrival the structure was identified as a single wide trailer with two occupants still inside the home.

Sgt Thresher of the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office confirms with us overnight that two people died. Next of kin notification was not complete as of 3:30 AM, so some information is withheld in our initial story.

Due to the homes’s rural location an air ambulance was requested. The landing area designated, Truman Elementary, MO-96 and State Hwy D.

The Red Cross was requested to assist an unknown number of people displaced by the fire.

Sgt Thresher reminded us the State Fire Marshal was summoned to investigate the fire. And the Jasper County Coroner arrived shortly before 3:00 AM to claim the bodies of the two who died. He was not aware of anyone else injured or transported via ambulance from the scene.

We will have more information as it is appropriately released from the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office.

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