Woman's body found hours after fire crews leave north St. Louis County home - KMOV.com

Woman's body found hours after fire crews leave north St. Louis County home

(KMOV) -- A man is devastated after his godmother was found dead inside her burned north St. Louis County home.

The fire started around 3 a.m. Tuesday in the 7000 block of Groveland, but the woman's body wasn't found until the afternoon. Her godson wants to know why her body wasn't found for hours.

Firefighters said the bars on the window might have prevented the 81-year-old victim from getting out alive.

Quincy Harris got to the house around 7:30 a.m. and the place was a charred mess, but the fire was long over. Harris was looking for his godmother Gloria Banks. He went in the house to find her, but since part of the floor collapsed he walked back out and called police.

According to the fire department, Banks body was under piles of debris in the bathtub, and that's why she wasn't originally found. Firefighters also pulled out of the burning home after one firefighter fell through the floor.

A deputy chief said the house was packed with stuff hoarded by Banks and that made it tough to get around inside.

News 4 was also told bomb and arson investigators were trying to figure out what happened, which is standard following a deadly house fire. News 4 also heard from the deputy chief. We asked him if a final sweep was conducted and why Banks wasn't found then. We are going to hear from him and have more from the fire department on News 4 at 10.




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