Victim in Amherst County mobile home fire identified

Published: Dec. 4, 2019 at 7:05 PM EST
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The Virginia State Medical Examiner's Office has identified the remains found in a December 3 house fire in Amherst County as those of Elieen Patricia Ackworth.

No further information has been released.


"You can't process it. There's no words to say," said Phyliss Auman.

Auman lives across the street from 1376 Boxwood Farm Road in Amherst County. That's where a deadly fire started Tuesday night. Auman knew the woman who lived inside well.

"Mostly people around here are kin to one another so we always try to help and everything," said Auman.

Auman was at church Tuesday night when the fire started. When she returned, her street was lined with fire trucks. Several departments were needed to help contain the flames.

"It's really sad. We go to a lot of fires and unfortunately you run into this so, it's tough on the providers," said Samuel Bryant, the public safety director for Amherst County.

It's tough all the way around.

"Mostly knowing that she was down there - well, no one knew she was down there, they thought the place was empty," said Auman.

According to Bryant, it took crews about an hour at the scene of the fire to find the woman.

As of now, her body hasn't been identified but is at the medical examiner's office in Roanoke. The investigation continues, but so does the hurting.

"I'm scared, sorry for the way she had to pass away and everything, and another family's loss," said Auman.

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