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UPDATE: Victim of fatal Raleigh Co. fire identified

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House fire in Sprague House fire in Sprague

UPDATE: SPRAGUE (WVVA) - The name of a woman killed in a house fire in Raleigh County earlier this week has been identified.

The Chief Medical Examiner has identified the victim as Brenda Sue Foster. Foster died when the home she was living in on Ewart Street in Beckley burned on the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 27.

Foster was originally from Kanawha County.

The investigation into the fire is ongoing.

 

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SPRAGUE (WVVA) - One person is dead following an early morning house fire in Raleigh County.

The Beaver Fire Department responded to a house fire call in the community of Sprague around 1 a.m. Tuesday.

Crews were on scene for several hours at the house, located near the back entrance of the Exhibition Coal Mine.

Officials confirmed Tuesday morning that one person was dead in the fire.

Neighbor, D.C. Woodson, says the blaze was still strong when he saw it around 2 a.m.  "When I got here, everything was on fire," says Woodson.  "[Firefighters] were watering... It was like, I've never seen something like that."

Woodson also tells WVVA News more people lived in the house. 

"I know there was a man and a woman.  Sometimes there were kids, but I think they just visited," says Woodson.

Assistant State Fire Marshall Shawn Alderman says deadly fires need to be dealt with carefully. 

"We process [the scene] through the scientific method, and sometimes that requires sifting, and you look for very small elements of things," says Alderman.

The West Virginia State Fire Marshals are working in conjunction with the Beaver and Beckley Fire Departments on the clean up and investigation.  Alderman adds, when uncovering clues, speed is not their main concern.

"We don't get in a hurry.  We're not paid to get in a hurry.  We're paid to do it right," says Alderman. 

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