Nelson County Camper Fire Kills Two
Nelson Co., VA - Two people are dead after a camper caught fire in Arrington. Nelson County and State Police investigators say it started inside the camper, and at this stage they believe it was an accident.
State Police say the trailer on Bob's Creek Lane was engulfed just before 9:30 Sunday night.
The identity of the victims has not been released. ABC 13 has been told it will be a couple of weeks before DNA tests confirm the identities.
Several men ABC 13 spoke with say they're pretty sure they knew the victims, and can't believe they're gone, though.
"He's a character to say the least," said neighbor Thom Guthrie about 68-year-old Marvin Boggs.
"She's always jovial, having a good time, wanting to party for 75-years-old. But yeah, she's a good lady," said John Walker of his 75-year-old mother-in-law, Barbara Beech.
Walker believes Beech was inside the trailer when it was engulfed in flames. It's something he's still coming to terms with.
"That's a shame," he said with tearful eyes.
Guthrie believes Boggs is the second victim. He says Boggs was only living in the camper because his main house burned down.
"They had a house fire about eight months ago...and it totally destroyed the houseHe moved into the trailer and she spent quite a bit of time over here," said Guthrie.
Special Agent Keith Childress with State Police says the cause of the fire is still under investigation. Like the house fire earlier this year, though, it may never be determined.
Childress says there was no electrical hookup to the trailer, but they found several small propane tanks around the home that could have fueled the flames. Walker says Beech had a home in Buckingham County, but preferred to stay with Boggs in his trailer.
"She had a house there and she just wanted to be here," he said.
Special Agent Childress says the trailer was consumed so quickly because it did not have any walls or any material that would slow down the flames. The victims' bodies have been sent to the medical examiner's office in Richmond for autopsies.