Fatal Fire

By: Melissa Reynolds
By: Melissa Reynolds

The fire happened early Saturday morning in Elkton.

Not much is left of the Shifflett's home on Barber Shop Lane in Elkton.

Shawn Shifflett got out of the house right away, her husband, 43-year-old Lloyd Shifflett when to look for the dog before he left the burning house.

Lloyd never came out and was pronounced dead on the scene.

Rockingham County's Assistant Fire Marshall says fire deaths in the county are rare, but when they do happen, it's because the person does not leave right away or does not have a smoke detector.

"The most common reason is lack of early warning that's the whole purpose behind having smoke detectors in the house-that you'll get an early warning before you're overcome by the smoke," John Huddle says.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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