Two Dead After House Fire

By: WHSV Newsroom
By: WHSV Newsroom

TOMS BROOK, Va. (WHSV) -- During the investigation into Thursday’s fire in Toms Brook, investigators found two dead in the burned house.

William Dartnell, 81, and Kikuko Dischleit, 86, lived in the address, although the medical examiner is still working to identify the victims.

Everything to this point in the investigation suggests that the blaze was an accidental fire, according to David Ferguson, fire marshal for Shenandoah County.

The investigation is ongoing.

Fire units left the scene shortly before 5 p.m. on Thursday and investigators remain on the scene.

“This is a tragic event for the entire community,” said John Collins, public information officer for Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue. “Our biggest goal is to prevent such tragedies.”

“I hope that everyone will immediately make sure they have working smoke alarms in their house,” Collins said.

Dispatchers alerted units to a fire at 55 Jessica Place at 5:29 a.m. on Thursday.

The first unit arrived three minutes later and reported a house with fire throughout the building.

Most of the fire was extinguished within an hour by fire and rescue units from Toms Brook, Strasburg, and Woodstock, along with Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue.

The fire heavily damaged the house, so crews had to stabilize what remained of the building before they could start investigating the blaze.

Fire investigators are carefully processing the scene right now. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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