JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. ( — One person was found dead after an overnight fire at a Jefferson County business. 

A fire broke out at Bob’s Disposal Services in the 800 block of Big Z Boulevard north of Imperial before 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Owners of the business said Ivan Shane Johnson, 50, an employee, died in the fire. Crews said other employees attempted to enter the business to rescue him, but the door was locked and the fire forced them out. 

Bob's Disposal Services told News 4 Johnson lived on the property, keeping an eye on their equipment. 

"He was a nice guy, everyone liked him, goofy, and funny," said Teresa Kirn with Bob's Disposal Service.

An employee at Bob's Disposal Services told News 4 trucks would not be running Tuesday. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

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