3 dead after house fire in south Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Three people are dead following a house fire in Richmond early Wednesday morning.

Richmond Fire officials say they were called to a home in the 6000 block of Laveta Drive at around 6:30 a.m. When they arrived on the scene, smoke was coming from the attic.

Firefighters found three people, two adult females and one male child, inside the home. After they were pulled from the home, first responders attempted to revive the victims at the scene.

Officials have not determined the cause of death.

IMG_0652A neighbor told 8News that at 6:30 this morning, she noticed smoke coming from the house and an unusual smell. Eventually, she realized the house was on fire and she knocked on the door to try to alert the people who lived inside and someone else called 911. According to the neighbor, a woman lived in the house with her adult daughter and her daughter’s child — her grandson.

Family at the scene have identified the victims as Rosa Fowlkes, 61, Ariel Hubbard, 31, and Josiah (Ariel’s son), 5. 8News has confirmed that Fowlkes was a deputy with the Richmond Sheriff’s Office.

The fire was marked under control around 7 a.m. No word on how the fire started.

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