UPDATE: Two Killed in Nelson County Camper Fire

By: News Staff Email
By: News Staff Email


October 21, 2013

Virginia State Police are continuing their investigation into what caused a double fatal motor home fire in Nelson County on Sunday night.

The fire was reported at 9:23 p.m. on Bob's Creek Lane in Arrington.

Neighbors who live in the trailer park community say they woke up to sounds of explosions.

"It sounded like a bomb went off," said Bertha Lee Weaver, who lives on Bob's Creek Lane. "It lasted, I reckon, about 25 minutes. Booms one after another."

Police have not released the names of the two victims, but neighbors say it was the man who lived in the camper and a girlfriend from Buckingham who died.

The fire comes just months after neighbors say a separate blaze destroyed the camper owner's double-wide trailer on the same property. Weaver says the man was still rebuilding from that incident.

"Didn't save anything much," she said.

Investigators say at this point they believe Sunday's fire was sparked by a heat source used to warm the inside of the home, which had no electricity. They say the fire appears to have been an accident.

As those close to the victims sort through what is left of the property, others on the street say they will remember the good times with their former neighbor and his friend.

"He was funny, he was good, he was friendly, and we always tried to take care of him. He was a good man," said Weaver. "He really loved her."

The bodies have been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond for confirmation of identification, examination and autopsy.

Police are still investigating the official cause of the fire.


October 21, 2013

At least two people were killed Sunday night after a devastating fire at a camper in the Bob's Creek area of Nelson County.

"I can confirm that two bodies have been pulled from the fire," Nelson County Sheriff David Brooks told Newsplex media partner Blue Ridge Life Magazine, who first reported the story. "We are sending them to the medical examiner for identification. The cause of the explosion/fire is still being investigated."

Some posted to BRLM's Facebook page that they heard explosions near the scene of the camper fire, not far from Lake Nelson in Arrington.

Brooks said it is too early to determine the cause of the fire.

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