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Three generations killed in Richmond house fire

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Posted at 8:29 AM, Aug 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-04 08:29:22-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A family of three killed in a house fire will be remembered together during a funeral service Thursday in Crewe.

Rosa Fowlkes, 61, a nine-year-veteran Richmond Sheriff’s Office, her 30-year-old daughter Ariel Hubbard Kirby, and 5-year-old grandson Josiah Hubbard Kirby all lost their lives in the July 27 house fire on Laveta Drive near Midlothian Turnpike and German School Road.

Rosa Fowlkes, Ariel Hubbard Kirby, Josiah Hubbard Kirby.

Rosa Fowlkes, Ariel Hubbard Kirby, Josiah Hubbard Kirby.

Fire officials ruled the early-morning fire accidental, due to faulty electrical wiring.

Laveta Drive fire

Richmond Sheriff C.T. Woody described Corporal Fowlkes as a dedicated and committed person.

“She wanted to get things done,” Woody said. “She didn’t want you to get in her way. When it was time to go home there was no such thing as that.”

Rosa Fowlkes worked at the Richmond City Justice Center

Rosa Fowlkes worked at the Richmond City Justice Center

Ariel's obituary described her as a loving mother to Josiah. It said they were best friends.

Josiah's obituary read, "He loved his super heroes and was just an all around little boy. He loved to play with his dog Peaches."

Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday at 12 p.m. at Nottoway High School Auditorium in Crewe.