VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Officials have confirmed at least two people and an animal are dead after a mobile home caught fire in Virginia Beach, Friday morning.
Virginia Beach fire crews were dispatched to County View Mobile Court in the 300 block of Detroiter Drive, just after 6 a.m. When firefighters arrived at the scene, they found the mobile home fully engulfed in flames.
Crews contained the fire, but only a shell of the home was left. Virginia Beach Battalion Chief Amy Valdez told WAVY.com at least two people and a pet were found dead.
Neighbors told WAVY.com the two victims were life-long friends and roommates, one a man in his early 50s and the other in his mid-30s.
I saw it on the news, I just had to come. I had to come and see it,” said the victims’ friend Yvette Price, who lives in Newport News. “They were lovable guys, they really were. They treated me good. They treated me nice, and we had a lot of fun.”
Nearby residents say their Virginia Beach neighborhood was changed forever, in a matter of minutes.
“We were hopeful that they had not been in there. We later found out that they were,” said neighbor David Willis. “We are going to miss them, we are definitely going to miss them.”
The grandfather of one of the suspected victims told WAVY’s Jason Marks his grandson had cerebral palsy and was confined to a wheelchair.
However, fire officials said they cannot confirm the identity of the victims due to the condition of the bodies. They said they have to wait on the Medical Examiner’s report.
Friends of the victims told WAVY.com they were both heavy smokers, and some wonder if one of the roommates could have fallen a sleep with a cigarette in hand. They bodies were discovered away from the bedrooms, in the front of the home, where the fire began.
“From what I understand, they were trying to get out,” Willis said. “I wish I could have known that when I saw it at first.”
Fire investigators spent the day at the home looking for the cause of the fire, but are still investigating.