PARK HILLS (KSDK) – The St. Francois County Sheriff's Department is investigating the early Monday morning fire that claimed the lives of a husband and wife as a homicide.

The victims have been identified as Stanley Halter, 50, and Tammy Halter, 46.

The fire broke out in their home in the 1200 block of Barnes Road off of Highway 32 between Park Hills and Bismarck.

A neighbor tried to get inside the house to look for the Halters, but the blaze proved too hot and drove the person away from the residence.

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