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One killed in house fire

Sunday, Jan. 27 | By Mark Grandstaff | Google+
Firefighters extinguish the burning remnants of a house on Turnbull Road Saturday night. - Photo by Mark Grandstaff
A late-night house fire on Turnbull Road near Warrenton killed one person Saturday.

Fauquier 9-1-1 dispatchers sent out the call at 11:57 p.m. for a kitchen fire at a two-story house in the 8500 block of Turnbull Road, said New Baltimore firefighter Sean Polster. When fire crews arrived, they found two of the house's three occupants outside, and the house fully ablaze.

Doug Yates, one of the two to escape, said he had been asleep when the fire started. He woke up when the house filled with smoke.

"I didn't see anything but smoke, and the kitchen was on fire," Yates said.

The house's occupants weren't sure if a third man had escaped. The first few firefighters poured water into the front entrance, already full of flames, and tried to get in to search the house.

"The fire was so far involved it was hard for the crews to get very far in," Polster said. "They were pushed back out by the fire."

Fire crews and trucks from Warrenton, New Baltimore, Remington, Marshall, Catlett, Lois, Goldvein, Amissville and Little Fork fire companies answered the call. Forced out by the intensity of the fire, they had to extinguish it from the outside.

As family members and neighbors watched, firefighters and investigators from the Fauquier County Sheriff's Office surrounded the remains of the home, setting up lights and searching from the outside in. At about 3 a.m., after searching through smoldering debris, they found the victim's body in a center room.

Authorities have not yet released the victim's name. The sheriff's office is still investigating the fire.
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