Woman killed in Jefferson County house fire identified

Published: May. 2, 2022 at 5:45 AM CDT|Updated: May. 9, 2022 at 4:12 PM CDT
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) - A woman’s body was found in a home that caught fire in Jefferson County on May 2.

The call for the second alarm fire came in around 3:30 a.m. in Murphy, Mo. on East Lake Road. When fire crews arrived, the house was fully engulfed in flames. About half a dozen departments came to assist in the fire.

High Ridge Fire District Captain John Barton said crews were searching for 75-year-old Carol Soppeland who lived there. Around 11 a.m., crews found her inside the house. Neighbors say that she suffered from multiple sclerosis (MS) and lived alone.

“She was immobile, but she got around, she was independent; a wonderful human being, a good friend,” said Brian Barclay, a friend of the victim.

No additional information has been released.