Fatal fire investigation in Amherst County

One person was found dead in a burning house in Amherst County early Sunday morning. 

A statement from the Amherst County Department of Public Safety said firefighters were called to a home on Grandmas Hill Road shortly before 3 a.m. 

Officials said firefighters were unable to go inside the burning house because part of the top floor collapsed and conditions were too dangerous. 

The fire victim was taken to the medical examiner's office in Roanoke to be identified. 

STATEMENT FROM AMHERST COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY:

On Sunday morning, January 7, 2018 at 0251, the Amherst County 911 Center received a call for a structure fire with possible entrapment at 569 Grandmas Hill Road. Amherst Fire Department, Monelison Fire Department, Pedlar Fire Department, Amherst County Public Safety and Amherst County Sheriff Department responded to the scene. First arriving units where met with a one and one half story wood frame structure heavily involved in fire with a collapse of the top floor. Due to the heavy fire conditions and structural collapse, an interior attack could not be made.

As the fire was brought under control and conditions allowed, a search was conducted with the victim being located on the first floor at approximately 0400. The victim has been sent to the medical examiner's office in Roanoke for positive identification at which time their name will be released. There were no other occupants in the structure at the time of the fire.

This area of Amherst County does not have fire hydrants as we had two tankers that froze due to temperature which was -1 degrees at the time of the fire. Thus additional tankers were called from Gladstone Fire Department and Lovington Fire Department in Nelson County. The structure was a total loss and the cause of the fire remains under investigation by Amherst County Public Safety.

Our condolences are with the family as we continue to assist them.

 


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