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Richmond Sheriff’s deputy, child among victims in fatal Richmond house fire

Posted at 7:13 AM, Jul 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-27 15:14:51-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Three people taken to the hospital after an early morning South Richmond house fire have died. Firefighters at the scene indicated two adult women and a male child were pulled from the home and taken to the hospital.

Family members identified the victims as:

61-year-old Rosa Fowlkes
30-year-old Ariel Hubbard Kirby (Fowlkes' daughter)
Five-year-old Josiah Hubbard Kirby (Fowlkes' grandson)

Fowlkes was a nine-year-veteran Richmond Sheriff's Office in the Community Services division.

Neighbors said four people lived in the home, but no mention of a fourth fire victim has been made by officials.

The causes of death remain under investigation, according to Richmond Fire spokesman Lt. Chris Armstrong.

Richmond Fire crews were called to the home along the 6000 block of Laveta Drive, near Midlothian Turnpike and German School Road, at about 6:22 a.m.

When fire crews arrived, they observed light smoke coming from the roof.

It took firefighters 30 minutes to bring the fire under control.

The cause of the house fire remained under investigation.

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