The state fire marshal is helping investigate a house fire that killed a Mid-Missouri man about 15 minutes northeast of Jefferson City.

Cole County authorities say Steven Mims, 40, died in the fire Wednesday morning in the 10000 block of East Railroad Street in Centertown.

The home is a total loss. The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports Sheriff Chief Deputy Capt. John Wheeler says the extent of the damage makes it more difficult to determine the fire's cause.

Wheeler says the blaze is not considered suspicious.