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Former wildlife refuge owner dies after Hallsville house fire

Residential fire reported in Hallsville
ABC 17 News
The Boone County Fire Protection says a 68-year-old Columbia man, Charles D. Tolentino, was killed as a result of a Hallsville house fire on Jan. 5.


Boone County firefighters say a former wildlife refuge owner died after a recent Hallsville house fire.

Charles D. Tolentino, 68, of Columbia, died as a result of the blaze on Jan. 5, Boone County Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Gale Blomenkamp said.

Investigators with the Missouri State Fire Marshal's Office said an explosion preceded the fire and that a propane leak could not be ruled out.

Last week, firefighters said Tolentino was found unresponsive in a back hallway on the upper level of the residence on 10100 N. Hague Rd. He was taken to a local hospital in critical condition and was later pronounced dead, the fire protection district said.

Previously, Tolentino owned and operated D&D Farm Animal Sanctuary and Rescue on N. Creasy Springs Road. USDA records say the refuge's license was canceled in April 2019.

Boone County property records show Tolentino purchased the house in Hallsville in December.

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Matt Ragsdale

Matt Ragsdale is a broadcast and digital producer at ABC 17 News.


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