Fire Claims the Lives of a Soldier and his Daughter
By Staff Reports
Nov 20, 2012, 12:41
The victims of the Monday morning house fire at Fort Lee have been identified as Sgt. Corey Flowers, 24, and his two-year-old daughter, Kourtney Flowers.
The cause and manner of both deaths remains under investigation, but Fort Lee Fire Chief Tom Bahr has identified an unattended frying pan and cooking oil as the cause of the deadly blaze, according to the Fort Lee Public Affairs Office.
Fort Lee Fire and Emergency Services received an emergency call from a neighbor in the adjoining unit of the duplex when the fire began to spread and set off their smoke detectors.
The Fire Department received the call at 2:50 a.m. Personnel arrived at the residence on Belleau Wood Road in the Madison Park subdivision at 2:57a.m. The Hopewell Fire Department also responded to the call.
First responders were able to control the blaze quickly after arriving on scene. The fire caused some damage to the adjoining unit, but no one was injured.
Sgt. Flowers, who was from Raeford N.C., was a mortuary affairs specialist with the 54th Quartermaster Company. He had been stationed at Fort Lee since joining the Army in 2006.
His wife, Spc. Pauletta Flowers, who was not at the residence during the fire, is assigned to the 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion on post.
The Army Criminal Investigation Division, which is responsible for investigating all deaths on post, in continuing to investigate the tragedy.