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Officials: Fire Victim Still Unidentified In Scottsburg Blaze

Authorities still have not identified the victim in the fatal trailer fire Tuesday afternoon in Scottsburg.

Major Thomas Logan of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office said the body, which was burned beyond recognition, has not been positively identified. “The body was sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Richmond,” he said. “The state police also are assisting in the investigation.”

Logan said 71-year-old Alton Lee “Tiny” Conner owned the mobile home destroyed in the fire.

Special Agent Brian Webster, state police arson investigator, said Wednesday he does not believe arson to be a factor in the fatal fire. “There doesn’t appear to be any foul play in Tuesday’s fire,” he said. “We didn’t find any evidence of accelerants or foul play.”

Webster said the fire started in the master bedroom, but the cause of the fire has not been determined. “There didn’t appear to be any electrical issues with the mobile home,” he said, adding, “It was only about six or seven years old.”

Firefighters were called to 1047 Green Level Road Tuesday afternoon for a structure fire. “We were toned out at 4:28 p.m.,” said Scottsburg Fire Chief Jay Reese. “When we arrived we found a single-wide mobile home fully involved.”

Reese said after about 15 minutes, firefighters found a body in a back bedroom. “After the body was removed, it was sent to the M.E.’s office in Richmond,” Reese said.

“We’re waiting for the medical examiner’s report,” Special Agent Webster said. “Depending on how busy they are, it could take two weeks.”

A total of 25 firefighters responded to the fire, along with two trucks from Scottsburg VFD, two from Clover VFD and one each from Halifax VFD and Triangle VFD, Reese said. Firefighters remained on the scene until approximately 9:05 p.m. Tuesday, the chief added.