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UPDATE: Third Victim in Fatal Wetzel County Fire Identified, Case Being Treated as Homicide

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UPDATE:

The identity of the third victim in a fire that killed three people in Wetzel County in January has been identified as Jimmy Kisner, 48, of Aleppo, Pennsylvania

A final autopsy report on all the victims, detailing causes of death, may take several weeks, according to the Medical Examiner's Office. 

Preliminary evidence suggests the incident was a triple homicide. 

Sergeant J. E. Shriver is requesting anyone with information concerning this case to contact the Hundred Detachment of the West Virginia State Police at 304-775-4488.


ORIGINAL STORY:

A fire that killed three people on Monday night in Wetzel County is being called suspicious.

 

Three people died at the scene as a result of the blaze. Two of the victims were identified as Carmen McDougal, 55, and Michael McDougal, 63, who resided at the house. A third victim, an adult male, has yet to be identified by the Medical Examiner's Office.

Sergeant J. E. Shriver, of the Hundred Detachment of the state police, responded around 9:30 p.m. to the fire at Box 297, Cliff Run Road, in Littleton. When Shriver and other first responders arrived on the scene, the residence would was found to be fully engulfed. 

The West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of the fire, and a preliminary investigation revealed that the cause of the fire is suspicious; however, a final determination has not been made.

Charlotte Burdine and Lillian Wise live just below the destroyed home. They described hearing a loud noise just before the fire broke out.

"I went down the steps and I heard a big explosion," says Charlotte. "It went off about three or four times."

Burdine and Wise say the McDougals were pleasant neighbors who kept to themselves.

The State Fire Marshal's Office would like to remind the public that any information leading to the arrest and conviction of an arson suspect may result in an award up to $5,000.00. The Arson Hotline Number is 1-800-233-3473.