January fire in Danville that killed man ruled a homicide

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Published: Jan. 15, 2017 at 5:18 AM EST
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A Danville fire that killed a man is now being ruled as a homicide.

It happened on January 15 around 1 a.m. on Juless Street. Frank Graves was found inside the home. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

The Medical Examiner's Office has released the cause of death was smoke inhalation, and the manner is homicide.

"You only have one chance to get it right, so we went ahead and worked it as though it were a homicide, so we've already been doing our investigation and the stuff we got we shared with the M.E. (Medical Examiner)," Lt. Michael Wallace with the Danville Police Department said.

The police department does have a few potential suspects, but they are not releasing names at this time.

This is the fourth homicide in Danville this year.

ORIGINAL STORY

Crews with the Danville Fire Department say a man was killed in an early morning structure fire.

They responded to 348 Juless St. just before 1 a.m. Sunday. Three engines, one ladder truck, a safety officer and a chief were all on scene. Crews reported seeing fire and smoke from the back of the structure.

One crew worked to put the fire out, while a second crew searched for victims. They found a man inside. They tried to resuscitate him before he was taken to Danville Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Fire officials say the damage to the structure is extensive, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.