By Carra Higgins
The State Fire Marshal’s Office is acting as the lead investigator, looking into the cause of an early Tuesday morning house fire at 608 Ewart Ave., just outside Beckley city limits, where a woman’s body was found, Beckley Fire Chief Billie Trump said Wednesday.
Raleigh County Sheriff Steve Tanner said authorities have determined woman was 49 years old and lived at the Ewart Avenue house; however, her name has not been released to the public.
Her body has been sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office to determine her cause of death.
The Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office is also working the investigation.
The Beckley Fire Department was called to the scene at approximately 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. In addition to the Beckley Fire Department, Beaver and Mabscott responded to the call. Trump said his crews were on scene until approximately 2 p.m. Tuesday to ensure the fire was completely out and to help preserve the scene for investigators.
In Wednesday’s edition of The Register-Herald it was reported that Bradley-Prosperity Fire Department responded to Tuesday’s fatal house fire at 608 Ewart Ave., just outside Beckley city limits. The Bradley-Prosperity Fire Department did not respond to the scene. Beckley Fire Chief Billie Trump said responding departments were from Beaver, Beckley and Mabscott.
Trump also said that the Beckley department was at the fire scene from the time they arrived throughout the day Wednesday.
Trump stressed that the Beckley Fire Department did not leave the scene because the home was outside city limits. Beckley firefighters were the first on the scene and proceeded to put out the fire, Trump said. The location of the fire was in the primary response area for Beaver Vol. Fire Department.