Officials identify 2 killed in Missouri Valley fire

Officials identify 2 killed in Missouri Valley fire
World-Herald News Service

MISSOURI VALLEY, Iowa — Officials have released the name of the two people who were killed in a fire here Thursday.

The bodies of Stacy Ann Larsen, 44, and Chad Stevens, 44, were found after the fire was extinguished, Missouri Valley Police Chief Edward Murray said Monday. The Iowa Medical Examiner’s Office made the identifications, he said.

Larsen’s daughter, Haygan Larsen of Blue Springs, Missouri, said Monday that the family is having a tough time dealing with the loss of Larsen. Haygan Larsen described her mother as a Christian woman who was strong in her faith.

She said she thinks the fire involved foul play. Police have not ruled out or confirmed foul play.

“My mom was not scared of dying. I don’t believe it was her time to go,” Haygan Larsen said. “She told me she couldn’t wait to get her wings.”

The fire was reported about 7:45 a.m. Thursday. Ten area fire departments responded to assist Missouri Valley firefighters.

Tracy Scott, owner of the building where the fire occurred, said Chad Stevens was a security guard for CTI Electronics there, a computer repair and recycling business. Stevens had an area in the back of the business where he could sleep.