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Two bodies found at scene of mobile home fire in Berkeley County

origin of blaze treated as suspicious

January 06, 2012|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • A crime scene investigator takes measurements at a mobile home fire where two bodies were found on Apple Harvest Dr. near Glengary Friday morning.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

GLENGARY, W.Va. — The bodies of two people were found in the debris of a Friday morning fire at a mobile home in Berkeley County W.Va., according to West Virginia State Police Trooper 1st Class Z. L. Nine.

Nine said he could not release the identities of the two people found in the mobile home at 436 Apple Harvest Drive west of Glengary, W.Va., because family members had not all been notified by Friday afternoon.

He said authorities were still trying to positively identify the bodies, which were found in a rear master bedroom of the mobile home.

The fire, the origin of which was being treated as suspicious, was reported at 8:26 a.m., officials said.

“If it wasn’t suspicious we wouldn’t be here,” Nine said.

A dog trained in identifying accelerants was  taken to the scene, and alerted to several areas, indicating the possibility accelerants were present, Nine said.

The dog was provided by the Fire Marshal’s Office in Loudoun County, Va.

Assistant West Virginia State Fire Marshal Patrick Barker said that when firefighters arrived, the found heavy fire in the master bedroom.

This is “an open case,” Barker said. “We’ll have to explore all avenues.”

Dale Parsons, said the victims were a father and his young son.

Parsons said he worked for the man who died in the blaze.

The mobile home is in a meadow near a vacant general store.

Damage to the mobile home was apparent. On one end of the trailer, part of the exterior remains. The other end is charred and smoke continued to rise from the structure at 12:20 p.m.

Herald-Mail Mobile Journalist Caleb Calhoun contributed to this story.

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