Woman’s body found after fire
By James Peacemaker, Jr., Managing Editor
Apr 3, 2013, 11:12
JAMES PEACEMAKER JR./HOPEWELL NEWS/NEWS-PATRIOT Firefighters and investigators stand in front of a home on the 13600 block of Duxton Drive, south of Chester, on Tuesday afternoon. A woman’s body was found in a room behind the garage.
CHESTERFIELD — A woman is dead after a fire engulfed a home in minutes Tuesday morning, and police are looking for a man who lived there.
Chesterfield police say the fire in the 13600 block of Duxton Drive appears suspicious and they are waiting on the medical examiner’s office to confirm identification and find the cause of death. The home is in the Longmeadow subdivision, south of Chester.
Police are looking for Lloyd Edward Warren Jr., 46. Police say he may be driving a black 2009 Nissan Altima with Virginia license plates WWA-2759. The car was missing from the home.
Lt. Jason Elmore, a county fire spokesman, said the woman rented the home while the owner was deployed to Afghanistan.
Dozens of firefighters, police and forensics officials were at the scene Tuesday evening as neighbors gathered across the street. The Chesterfield Mobile Command Center and a excavator were parked nearby.
JAMES PEACEMAKER JR./HOPEWELL NEWS/NEWS-PATRIOT Chesterfield firefighters look at damage inside a home on the 13600 block of Duxton Drive, south of Chester, on Tuesday afternoon.
A cream Range Rover was in what was left of the garage with an older-model Honda Civic behind it in the driveway of the two-story home.
Elmore said the blaze spread quickly. A 911 call was placed at 10:34 a.m. and the home was fully engulfed at 10:42 a.m. when firefighters arrived. The siding on the home next door had melted due to the heat from the blaze about 30 feet away.
He said the body was found a room on the first floor behind the garage.
JAMES PEACEMAKER JR./HOPEWELL NEWS/NEWS-PATRIOT An excavator sits in front of a home on the 13600 block of Duxton Drive. A woman’s body was found there after a fire Tuesday.
Police say evidence at the scene suggests the death of the woman and origin of the fire are suspicious.
Police ask anyone with information to contact Chesterfield County Police at 804-748-1251.