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Officials respond to Mathews Co. structure fire, find man dead

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Posted at 1:23 PM, Aug 02, 2021

MATHEWS Co., Va. - An elderly man was killed in a fire that happened Sunday.

Virginia State Police said Mathews County Sheriff's Office requested the their Criminal Investigation/Arson Unit to investigate a structure fire that resulted in the death of the man.

The incident happened at 7:30 p.m., at the 200 block of Gayle Lane.

Preliminary investigations reveal that the structure/unit had caught fire when an 80-year-old Richard Henry Couch was found to be deceased inside the structure.

There is no further information at this time.