Virginia State Police investigate fatal house fire in Stuarts Draft

Virginia State Police investigate fatal house fire in Stuarts Draft
Officials responded to a house fire early Thursday morning in Stuarts Draft. (Source: WHSV)

STUARTS DRAFT, Va. (WHSV) — Virginia State Police are investigating a fatal fire in Stuarts Draft on Thursday, March 25.

Fire crews responded to the call at 6:18 a.m. The fire was at a home on Dodge Street off Stuarts Draft Highway. Officials reported one person died in the fire, and another was severely injured.

Augusta County Fire and Rescue said the flames were visible when they arrived.

Two brothers were living in the home. When crews arrived, one was outside and the other was still inside the home.

Virginia State Police say one of the brothers, identified as 79-year-old William E. Swisher, was able to get out of the home on his own.

He was taken to Augusta Health, then flown to VCU Health for treatment of life-threatening injuries. His condition is unknown.

Officials say the brother who was still inside, identified as 68-year-old Thomas N. Swisher, was pulled from the home but he succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

Virginia State police are investigating the cause and origin of the fire. Officials say at this stage of the investigation, the fire does not appear to be suspicious in nature.

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