New Melle Teen Killed In House Fire

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A severely disabled teenage girl died in a house fire in New Melle, MO Saturday. The Friday broke out around noon at a home in the 1500 block of Meinershagan Road near Pointe Prarie Rd.

Moria Ryan, 19, was adopted by her family at 6 weeks old after being the victim of severe child abuse as an infant. She was confined to a wheelchair.

A family member and family friend were injured in the fire. The family member has been released from the hospital. The condition of the friend is critical.

The State Fire Marshall’s office is trying to determine the cause of the fire.