APPOMATTOX COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A community is mourning after two died in a house fire Friday morning in Appomattox County.
Appomattox County Fire Department crews were dispatched just before 4 a.m. Jan. 17 to a house fire on the 18500 block of Richmond Highway in Pamplin.
Bradley L. Kidd Jr., 24, of Pamplin, and his 11-month-old daughter died in the fire, according to Virginia State Police. The mother and another daughter were able to escape the fire. They were transported to Lynchburg General Hospital for minor injuries. The two children were twins.
Razina Nina stated via Facebook, “I am so sorry to hear about this tragic event. I graduated (from) the same class as (the mother) and I am also a twin mom, so this hits so close to home. My heart and prayers go out to the family.”
Pamplin Volunteer Fire Department crews were first to arrive at the scene and found flames coming from the house and someone in the yard telling them there were people inside.
President for the department Barry Vanverveer says they fought the fire from the outside until it was safe to start searching.
“Upon searching, we did find two individuals in the house,” said Vanderveer.
They eventually found Kidd and his daughter.
“It’s very devastating for the community and for firefighters too,” said Vanderveer. “It’s hard to deal with.”
He says this is the first fatal fire they’ve had in about 15 years. While he didn’t know the family personally, he says a loss like this ripples through their small community.
“You know a lot of people, most everybody whether they know you personally or not they see you around and they get to know everybody. It’s hard,” Vanderveer said.
Vanderveer says 4 departments responded and there were about 30 firefighters working to put out the blaze.
The fire remains under investigation, but as of now, there is no appearance of foul play, police said.
The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Appomattox Field Office is leading this investigation.
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