2 people killed in Arlington house fire

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) --Two people are dead and five of their loved ones are homeless, after their house was destroyed by fire. It happened Saturday at about 3:30 in the afternoon at a home on South Langley in Arlington.

"I'm very worried. I'm scared to death. I want to know what happened," says the sister of one of the victims.

The fear of the unknown was the first emotion this family dealt with Saturday. "I don't know if she's safe or not, someone could have brought her down," says one victim's sister.

Two of the people living in the home were unaccounted for, leaving the family to think the worst.

A man named Ronnie Parker was walking by when he spotted the flames. "I saw a fire from under the porch, I came up banging on the door got the kids out. The grandfather came to the door and went back in, they have a grandmother in a wheelchair. I never saw them come out," remembers Parker. He called 911, but before firefighters got there, neighbors say there were two loud booms. "I walked out and that's when the second explosion happened," says one neighbor. "When I was inside the lights were flickering in my house," she remembers.

Those inside a church next door rushed outside, a man named Rickie Beavers was one of them. "I came out, and of course, my truck was on fire," says Beavers. "The heat was so horrific you couldn't get close to it."

By this time, nearly everyone in this neighborhood was standing on the street, watching the house burn and still waiting for answers. Then the bad news was delivered, two people were dead.

"At this time we have confirmed 2 fatalities in the house," says Deputy Fire Marshal Brian McGraw with the Arlington County Fire Department.

The victims' names have not been released.

A firefighter was also hurt, he suffered burns on his hands.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


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