Police Deem Littleton Fire A Triple Homicide
Authorities are saying preliminary evidence in a fatal Littleton house fire on Jan. 14 indicates it was a triple homicide.
The West Virginia State Police released this ruling as well as the identity of the third victim on Tuesday.
Family and friends have confirmed the identity of the third victim to be Jimmy Kisner, 48, of Aleppo, Pa. However, the Medical Examiner’s Office is still awaiting medical records in order to make a final determination.
The other two victims were Carmen McDougal, 55, and Michael McDougal, 63, who died in the fire at their home on Cliff Run Road. A final autopsy report on all the victims, detailing causes of death, may take several weeks according to the Medical Examiner’s Office.
Sergeant J. E. Shriver is still requesting anyone with information concerning this case to contact the Hundred Detachment of the West Virginia State Police at 304-775-4488.
The McDougals’ home was the only house on the very narrow, bumpy and muddy road. Shriver said firefighters and emergency workers could not reach the home with their normal vehicles, as they had to resort to pulling a hose to the scene to douse the fire.
“They did the best they could,” Shriver said. “Even if they would have made it there 10 minutes earlier, it still would have been gone. It was completely engulfed.”
The structure and some nearby vehicles were completely destroyed.
A preliminary investigation showed the cause of the fire to be suspicious.
According to the marshal’s office, any information leading to the arrest and conviction of an arson suspect may result in a reward up to $5,000. The arson hotline number is 1-800-233-3473.