House fire claims two lives

Published 12:49 pm Wednesday, August 23, 2017

AHOSKIE – Investigators remain on the scene as of noon on Wednesday following a fatal residential fire on Modlin Road near the Union community.

Hertford County Sheriff Dexter Hayes told the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald there were two individuals found deceased inside the single story brick residence.

An investigation is underway to determine the cause of this fire from early Wednesday morning that claimed two lives. Photo by Cal Bryant

“The family of the victims have requested we not release the names of the two individuals at this time,” Hayes said.

The Sheriff, who had been on the scene of the fire since 2 a.m., said he contacted the State Bureau of Investigation to assist with determining the cause of the fire. That cause is unknown at this time.

SBI personnel were still on the scene at noon on Wednesday, joining with Hayes and his investigators.

Hayes said one of his deputies on routine patrol was the first to spot the blaze shortly after 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

“(The deputy) said the residence was fully engulfed in flames at that time,” Hayes noted.

Members of the Union, Ahoskie Station 2, Winton and St. John volunteer fire departments battled the blaze throughout the night.

The News-Herald will have more information to publish as it’s made available.

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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