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State Police Say Wetzel Fire That Killed Three Is Now A Homicide Investigation

Reported: Jan. 21, 2014 12:23 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 21, 2014 12:49 PM EST
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LITTLETON, W.Va. (Bethany Simmons) -- West Virginia State Police said a fire that killed three people in Wetzel County last week is now being investigated as a triple homicide.

The fire happened on Jan. 14 at a home located at Box 297, Cliff Run Road, in Littleton, according to a news release from State Police.

Carmen McDougal, 55, and Michael McDougal, 63, who resided at the home, and another man who family members identified as Jimmy Kisner, 48, of Aleppo, Pa., all died at the scene. The Medical Examiner's Office is still working to confirm the identity of Kisner.

When emergency crews arrived on the scene, the house was fully engulfed in flames.

An exact cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but investigators do believe it to be suspicious. Sgt. J. E. Shriver said the preliminary evidence suggests that this was a triple homicide.

If you have any information, call West Virginia State Police at 304-775-4488.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office would like to remind the public that any information leading to the arrest and conviction of an arson suspect may result in an award up to $5,000. The Arson Hotline Number is 1-800-233-3473.



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