Update: Fatal Buckingham Fire Not Considered Suspicious
BUCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - 10/16/2019 Updated Release from Virginia State Police:
The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Appomattox Field Office's investigation into the Sept. 16, 2019 fatal fire at a Buckingham County residence remains under investigation. However, at this stage of the investigation, the fire does not appear to have been suspicious in nature.
State police is still working to determine the exact origin and cause of the fire.
The Buckingham County community is mourning the loss of a family as authorities investigate a house fire on James Anderson Highway.
A neighbor spotted flames and called 911 around 4:50 a.m. Monday, September 16. Crews from several volunteer rescue squads quickly responded to the scene. They discovered the bodies of two adults and one child inside the home after putting out the fire.
Virginia State Police is assisting the Buckingham County Sheriff's Office, and says it is too early to tell if the fire is suspicious or accidental. Neighbors tell NBC29 a couple and their 10-year-old son lived at the home.
Authorities say the bodies were all found together in the back of the house. The remains have been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond for examination, autopsy and positive identification. Investigators are not releasing the names of the deceased at this time.
09/16/2019 Updated Release from Virginia State Police:
DILLWYN, Va. - The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Appomattox Field Office is continuing its investigative efforts into determining the origin and cause of Monday's fatal fire in Buckingham County.
At this time, state police fire investigators, with the assistance of the Buckingham County Sheriff's Office, are still combing through the burnt debris for evidence to help them determine if the fire was accidental or suspicious in nature.
The Buckingham County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call at 4:54 a.m. Monday (Sept. 16) about a house fire in the 20,300 block of James Anderson Highway/Route 60. Volunteer fire departments from Dillwyn, Buckingham, Toga and Arvonia responded to the scene. The house was engulfed in flames when the first fire crews arrived on scene. Once the blaze was extinguished, fire officials found three deceased individuals inside the residence.
The remains of two adults and a juvenile are being transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond for examination, autopsy and positive identification.
09/16/2019 Release from Virginia State Police:
At 5:59 a.m. Monday (Sept. 16), the Buckingham County Sheriff's Office requested the assistance of the Virginia State Police with a fatal fire at a residence in the 20300 block of James Anderson Highway.
Once fire crews were able to extinguish the fire and make entry into the residence, the remains of three individuals were located inside.
The origin and cause of the fire remain under investigation at this time.