1 person dead after flames rip through Petersburg house

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — Petersburg Fire Officials confirm to 8News that one person was killed in Petersburg after a house caught on fire Tuesday morning.

Firefighters responded to the 400 block of Byrne Street around 6:30 a.m. to find two abandoned houses on fire.

The house where the fire was believed to have started was fully engulfed. The fire then spread to the second house.

It took fire crews 40 minutes to extinguish the fires.

Officials say during the salvage process of one of the houses, firefighters found a body inside.

“We did identify one fatality and as we are aware right now with the current investigation we have reached out to the State Patrol and have requested a cadaver dog just be sure as precautions that we don’t have any other fatalities,” said Brian Sturdivant, Petersburg City Deputy Fire Chief.

Peterburg Police and fire investigators are working to find what caused the fire and identify the victim.

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