Bernadine Pruessner : “Fatal Ferguson House Fire: Murder-Suicide Tragedy”

By | February 21, 2024



Accident – Death – Obituary News :

Tragic Incident in Ferguson, Missouri

In a heartbreaking turn of events, a mother in Ferguson, Missouri, tragically set fire to her home in an attempt to take her own life and the lives of her four children. The incident occurred early Monday morning in the 400 block of North Clay Avenue.

Details of the Fire

Firefighters responded to the scene just before 4:30 a.m. and discovered the bodies of Bernadine Pruessner, 39, and her four children inside the residence. Tragically, all five individuals, including Ellie and Ivy Pruessner, 9-year-old twins, Jackson Spader, 6, and Miller Spader, 2, lost their lives in the fire.

Additionally, three dogs were found deceased inside the home, while fourteen rabbits, three chickens, and two cats were rescued by quick-thinking neighbors.

Investigation and Suspected Motive

Authorities believe that Bernadine intentionally started the fire by igniting a mattress, which was determined to be the point of origin. A note left at the scene indicated Bernadine’s intentions to end her life and the lives of her children.

Support for Those in Need

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts, it is important to seek help. The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is available 24/7 to offer free and confidential support. Remember, you are not alone, and there are resources available to help you through difficult times.


This tragic incident serves as a reminder of the importance of mental health awareness and the need for support in times of crisis. Our thoughts are with the family and loved ones affected by this devastating event.

For more information or to seek help, please visit the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline website or call 988 for immediate assistance.