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