Amherst County Fire Dept. investigating deadly fire

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AMHERST COUNTY, Va. — Amherst County Fire Department continues to investigate a fire that killed an elderly person.

The mobile home, located in the 1300 block of Boxwood Farm Road, was fully engulfed when the fire department responded to the fire at 8:20 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

Three other neighboring fire departments were called in to assist in fighting the fire due to its size.

Fire officials say the blaze took 45 minutes to bring under control.

An elderly person was found dead in the home. Their remains were sent to the medical examiner in Roanoke for identification.

Once the body has been identified, the Sheriff’s Office will work to contact the next of kin.

While the identity of the person has not been released, WFXR spoke with one neighbor who says she looked after the woman who lived in the home.

“When she didn’t have a car I’d take her to the store, I’d take her places, I’d run errands for her. I did little things for her, fix her food, things like that,” said Evelyn Eller.

She says last night when she heard the news about the fire she rushed right over.

“And I was hollering, ‘did y’all get her out? Did y’all get her out? And they said who? And I said, my friend. Cause the trailer looked abandoned and I don’t think they really knew if it was anybody there or not.”

Eller was back at the scene of the fire Wednesday helping investigators.

“They had called me and asked me to come and do a statement. Because I’m the only one, I was the last person who’d seen her.”

Eller says when she saw her neighbor for the last time, she left her with a message she hoped made a lasting impact.

“Every morning I told her I hoped she felt better and I loved her. So I hope that gave her comfort in her last minutes.”

Officials continue to investigate the cause of the fire, which is expected to take all week.

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