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Two dead in weekend Wyoming County fire

NEW RICHMOND, W. Va (WVVA)-- The investigation continues into a fire that killed two people in Wyoming County.

It happened at a home on Cabin Creek Road in the New Richmond area around 3:30 AM Saturday.

Witnesses describe the fire as a blaze that lit up the sky.

Caution tape surrounds the mobile home, but all that remains is its bare bones.

While officials have not confirmed the names of those who died, several neighbors say their names are Margaret Browning and Harrison Green. Deputy Fire Marshal Reed Cook would only describe them as a 63-year old female and a 68-year-old male.

He adds that one other person was inside the home and escaped unharmed.

Neighbors said it's a fire they won't soon forget. Everett Burks woke up to the sounds of the fire crackling down the street.

"I just heard that popping noise and it woke me up," Everett said. "I told my wife to hand me the phone."

Burks was one of the people who called 911 when the fire happened that morning. He told WVVA
it was a sight he'd rather not have seen and wondered at the time whether those living there were ok.

"It was huge. When I saw it. This thing, it lit up the whole sky," he added. Beverly Lester said what's left of the home will remind those who drive by of the tragedy that
happened there.

"Life is precious," she said. "You just hate to hear of someone dying, especially in such a tragic way."

The two bodies have been sent to the state medical examiner's office for further investigation.

When WVVA talked with neighbors, they said there were rumors of suspicious activity surrounding that fire-- but authorities have not released any official word on what caused it.


The State Fire marshal's office and the Wyoming County Sheriff's Department are investigating a fatal fire where two people died.

It happened around 3:30 AM Saturday morning at a mobile home on Cabin Creek Road in the New Richmond community.

Deputy Fire Marshal Reed Cook says the bodies have been sent to the Medical Examiner's Office for positive identification and cause of death.  He adds neighbor's told them the victims are a 68-year old male and a 63-year old female.

Cook says a third person made it out of the burning trailer and was taken to Raleigh General Hospital.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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