The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has confirmed the identities of the adults who died in a residential fire early Monday morning in Buckingham County.
Once the blaze was extinguished, fire officials found Earl J. Booker, 56, and Colette N. Booker, 45, and a juvenile — all deceased — inside the residence.
State police fire investigators are still actively working to determine the cause and origin of the fire that destroyed a house in the 20,300 block of James Anderson Highway/Route 60 in the community of Dillwyn.
The Buckingham County Sheriff's Office was alerted to the fire via a 911 call that came in at 4:54 a.m. Monday (Sept. 16). 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.
The fire investigation remains ongoing at this time.
2:43 p.m. update:
The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Appomattox Field Office is continuing its investigative efforts into determining the origin and cause of today'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. today about a house fire in the 20,300 block of James Anderson Highway (Route 60) near Route 15.
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.
At 5:59 a.m. today, 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.