Justin and Melissa Montgomery lost all of their belongings when a Nov. 4 afternoon blaze gutted at their mobile home in Patrick Springs, according to Eric O’Connell, of the Patrick County Sheriff’s Office.
The blaze was caused by an electrical issue, O’Connell said.
A Certified Fire Investigator (CFI) and a Special Agent with the Virginia State Police, Matthew Wade, was called to investigate the scene and determine the cause of the fire, O’Connell said.
The home, a house trailer on Ronald Street, was “still dripping” with water from firefighters’ efforts when Wade arrived at the scene, O’Connell said.
After conducting his investigation, Wade “made a 100 percent determination the fire was electrical in nature,” O’Connell said.
Twelve to 14 hours before that blaze, and in a “completely separate incident,” O’Connell said a small fire, involving “political memorabilia, political flags,” occurred at the Montgomery’s home. He added the small fire occurred at 1 a.m. on Nov. 4, at least 12 hours before the house fire. It was outside and is unrelated to the house fire, he added.
The earlier fire is “being investigated due to a suspicion of potential arson,” O’Connell said.
A Gofundme page was created to help the Montgomery family.
Donations may be made at https://www.gofundme.com/f/justin-amp-melissa-lost-everything-in-a-fire?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=p_cf%20share-flow-1&fbclid=IwAR0B2Dv7UuBzNgDaaULhG_JlwphmZFNzGOIh0hSD_KVLfJ24j00zf8yw8RY, according to online information.
“This is a developing story. Updates are expected later this afternoon.”