Fire claims life of 8-month-old girl in far southwest Virginia

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APPALACHIA, Va. (WFXR) – The Virginia State Police’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s office in Wytheville is investigating a fatal fire that claimed the life of a baby girl in the Town of Appalachia in Wise County Monday morning.

Police say the Town of Appalachia Fire Department responded to a residential fire in the 1300 block of Lower Exeter Road at approximately 6:09 a.m. on Monday, July 5.

According to authorities, a 30-year-old woman and a three-year-old boy were able to escape the burning home. However, the woman was transported to Lonesome Pine Hospital, where she was treated for injuries sustained in the fire and later released.

After the fire was extinguished, Virginia State Police say crews found the remains of an eight-month-old girl inside of the home. Her remains have been taken to the Chief Medical Examiner’s office in Roanoke for an autopsy.

Officials say they are still working to determine the cause of the fire.

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