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The Scott County Sheriff’s Office has launched a full investigation into a fire Thursday night that left one person dead inside a rural Blue Grass home.

Sheriff Tim Lane said an autopsy is pending; it has not yet been scheduled as of Friday afternoon.

"I am told that the body is not visually identifiable, so that means that we obviously will have to use other means to make a positive identification of who this individual is," he said.

Lane declined to say whether the body was that of a woman or a man. 

At 6:08 p.m. Thursday, the sheriff's office, Blue Grass Fire Department and Buffalo Fire Department were dispatched to 13308 95th Ave. for a home that was fully engulfed in flames.

The home is located off a gravel road in rural Scott County between Blue Grass and Davenport.

Once the fire was extinguished, a search of the residence revealed a body.

The Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Blue Grass Fire Department are also investigating the fire.

According to the Scott County Assessor’s electronic records, the home belongs to Cynthia and Gary Webb. 

The smell of burned debris was still in the air Friday morning and yellow crime scene tape was wrapped around the house.

This is the second fatal fire in Blue Grass in less than a year.

Larry Loose Sr., 71, Rose Loose, 71, and their sons, Steven Loose, 36, and Michael Loose, 35, were killed in a fire that broke out in their home in the 300 block of East Salem Street.

Blue Grass Mayor Larry Guy, who served as a volunteer firefighter for 36 years, said that “any time you have a fatality, whether you know them or not, it’s a difficult situation.”

“Those are always tough to handle,” he said Friday.

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