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Update: Officials Release Identities of Two Killed in Pulaski County Fire

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Update 10:02 a.m. Wednesday:

Pulaski Co., VA - Officials have released the identities of the two people killed in a mobile home fire on Monday in Pulaski County.

John Harvey Morgan III, 41, and his wife, Jessica Ann Morgan, 31, were both killed.

The last known address for the Morgans was listed in Montgomery County.

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office has released Tuesday the identities of the two adults who made it out of the fire Monday morning.

They say Danielle Carter and Donald Mitchell lived at the home on Poplar Lane in Dublin.

They were able to save two small children when Carter discovered the house on fire.

The cause is still under investigation.

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Update: 11:45 a.m. Tuesday:

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office has identified the two adults who survived in the fire.

They say Danielle Carter and Donald Mitchell lived at the home on Poplar Lane in Dublin.

They were able to save two small children when Carter discovered the house on fire.

The Sheriff's Office has not yet released the identities of the two people who died.

The cause is still under investigation.

 

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Pulaski Co., VA - Investigators with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department are working to determine the cause of a Monday morning fire that killed two and injured a third.

By the time firefighters got to the scene, the fire was consuming this single family home on Poplar Lane beyond the point where it could be saved.

"In a normal situation, if everyone had been accounted for, we would have probably done a defensive style of fire attack," said Dublin Fire Chief, Ronnie McClure.

Two adults who got out in time, warned rescuers two other adults were still inside.

Firefighters crawled on their hands and knees... and used thermal imaging, trying in vain for 30-minutes to find the victims alive.

"We knew the approximate location of the people but they were still having to fight their way in. The floor had already burned out; the ceiling was beginning to fall," said McClure.

Also making it out of the blaze were two children; one, a young girl, had to go to the hospital for treatment.

Chief McClure says the survivors were in the addition on the back of this trailer.

The two adults who died were guests staying in the trailer part itself.

All making for a difficult night as this call doubled the number of fire deaths McClure has dealt with in his entire career.

"This is a very unusual call for us. I think in my 40 years we have only had four fire deaths in my 40 years. It was a tough night. Takes a toll on the firefighters," said McClure.

No cause for the fire has been released.

Both victims have been taken to the medical examiner's office in Roanoke County for identification.

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