UPDATE: Fire Chief: 1 casualty confirmed after Wise, Va. house fire


WISE, Va. (WJHL) – UPDATE – One person is dead following a house fire in Wise, Virginia on Thursday night, according to the Wise Fire Chief.

According to Wise Fire Chief Duane Phillips, a body was recovered from a house fire that occurred in the 10,000 block of Mountainview Road in Wise.

The Wise Fire Department and the Coeburn Fire Department were called to the scene just before 8:00 p.m. on Thursday night.

Chief Phillips said the fire was fully involved by the time firefighters arrived on the scene.

The Wise County Sheriff’s Office had previously posted to Facebook saying there was an “unaccounted for” person after the fire, but Chief Phillips confirmed that the body recovered was the same person.

The recovered body has been sent for examination as part of the investigation into the fire.

One other resident was able to escape from the home without any reported injuries.

No identities have been released as of 11:15 a.m.

The Virginia State Police are investigating the fire.

Chief Phillips said the Wise County Sheriff’s Office and VSP assisted the fire departments at the scene.

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