Victim identified in fatal Christmas house fire in Beckley

BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – We now know the identity of the victim of the fatal house fire on Christmas night.

Beckley Police tells WOAY her name is Veronica Ward, 38, of Beckley. Fire officials say she was found by firefighters toward the rear of the house.

The cause of death has been confirmed as smoke inhalation, but local and state fire investigators are not yet releasing a cause of the fire.

There were no utilities connected to the structure when the fire started.

An unnamed man was able to escape the flames that engulfed the front of the abandoned structure.

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