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11-Year-Old Boy Dies in Dooms House Fire

Posted: Updated: Sep 30, 2012 11:25 PM EDT

Fire investigators are trying to figure out what started a house fire that trapped and killed an 11-year-old boy in Augusta County Sunday morning.

A little after 8:00, the Dooms Volunteer Fire Department responded to the house on the 600 block of Dooms Crossing Road in Augusta County.

According to investigators, the 11-year-old Dustyn R. Fitzgerald was trapped upstairs where crews could not reach him. His mother and father, Michelle and Michael Gibson, were both in the house at the time of the fire and tried to rescue him. They later escaped with the boy's 5-year-old brother.

Augusta County Fire and Rescue Chief Carson Holloway said, "At this time, the fire is still under investigation. We've been here most of the day, we're working with the Virginia State Police to try to find out exactly why the fire started and what was the cause."       

Virginia State Police say the fire appears to have been accidental, but the cause and origin remain under investigation.  The home was completely destroyed.

It was an emotional scene Sunday afternoon as neighbors and relatives gathered in the front yard of the Gibson home to comfort the family. 

NBC29 spoke with the mother of the 11-year-old boy who died in the fire. Michelle Gibson says she wasn't upset about losing her entire home, but only wanted her son back.

The Little Caesars in Waynesboro on West Broad Street is accepting donations for the family - clothes, toiletries, toys, and financial donations are welcome. You can call (540) 943-1167 for more information.

Reported by Molly Balkenbush


Virginia State Police
Press Release

Monday, October 1: An Augusta County house fire claimed the life of a young boy Sunday morning (Sept. 30, 2012). At this stage of the investigation, the fire appears to have been accidental. The cause and origin remain under investigation, which is being conducted by Virginia State Police Special Agent B.N. Webster of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Appomattox Field Office.

The fire occurred at approximately 8 a.m. at a house in the 600 block of Dooms Crossing Road in the Dooms community. The fire spread rapidly throughout the house, which is completely destroyed. The parents and a 5-year-old son were able to escape without injury.

A second son, Dustyn R. Fitzgerald, 11, of Dooms, Va., was found upstairs in his bedroom. He died at the scene. The boy's remains have been transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke for examination and autopsy.


Virginia State Police
Press Release

Sunday, September 30: AUGUSTA CO. – An Augusta County house fire claimed the life of a young boy Sunday morning (Sept. 30, 2012). At this stage of the investigation, the fire appears to have been accidental. The cause and origin remain under investigation, which is being conducted by Virginia State Police Special Agent B.N. Webster of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Appomattox Field Office.

The fire occurred at approximately 8 a.m. at a house in the 600 block of Dooms Crossing Road in the Dooms community. The fire spread rapidly throughout the house, which is completely destroyed. The parents and a 5-year-old son were able to escape without injury. A second son was found upstairs in his bedroom.

The 11-year-old boy was transported to Augusta Health Center, where he was declared dead. The boy's remains have been transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner for examination and autopsy.

  

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