Elderly Women Die in House Fire Despite State Warnings to Relocate

A 76-year-old woman and her 56-year-old daughter, were killed when their home caught on fire earlier this month. Investigators say the fire was caused by a space heater being too close to combustible materials. The two residents had remained in the home even though it was cited for numerous code violations.

According the the Local Agency on Aging, the house had been cited for unsanitary conditions because of the mold, no running water, and toilet/bathroom facilities. Adult Protective Services Division and the Code Enforcement Bureau were both involved before the fire broke out. Officials say that the two residents were choosing to stay in their home despite citations from the agencies.

The State's Adult Protective Services Division offered an alternative place to live, but the residents turned them down. Police and fire officials continue to investigate. The names of the victims have not yet been released by authorities. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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