Victims killed in Va. Beach house fire identified

Posted at 6:24 PM, Jan 17, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-18 19:35:55-05

Update: A spokesperson with the Virginia Beach Fire Dept. has identified the two people killed in Friday's fire as Marcia Varcus, 82, and Nancy Basnight, 67.

Virginia Beach, Va. - Two people have died and two others were injured after flames ripped through a Beach home on Friday evening. Two firefighters were also injured.

According to officials with the fire dept., the fire was at 1340 Thamesford Drive.

Fire crews say four engines, a ladder and fire squad, and EMS units were on the scene.

Crews were alerted to the fire at 6:10 p.m.

They say there was heavy fire when they arrived. Four people were taken out of the home. Two people died, another was transported to a burn trauma unit in critical condition, and one person refused treatment officials say.  The person in the hospital is now expected to survive, according to a spokesperson with the fire dept.

Two firefighters were treated for first and second-degree burns.   They have since been released from the hospital.

The cause of the fire was ruled accidental.  Officials say it started in the fireplace.