Cause of Berryville fire 'undetermined'

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 ~ Updated 4:51 PM

BERRYVILLE -- The cause of the fire at 1112 North Springfield Street, which killed Mitchell and Genie Faught, has been officially listed as "undetermined."

"It doesn't appear to be criminal," Detective Robert Bartos of the Berryville Police Department, who led the investigation, said Monday morning. "No accelerants were located."

The Faughts' home was completely destroyed by the fire, which took place in the early morning hours of Oct. 26. Crews from the Berryville Fire Department and the Berryville Police Department were called to the Faughts' home around 12:30 a.m., according to Bartos.

"When they got there, the house was pretty much engulfed in flames," Bartos said previously, adding that made it impossible for firefighters to even attempt to go inside.

While no one was 100-percent sure if the Faughts were inside, it seemed likely that they were.

"We just all started praying," Bonnie Ray, the Faughts' neighbor, said.

Ray and her family were evacuated from her house for a couple hours while a couple of firefighters made sure the fire didn't spread. Ray praised the fire crews for their hard work in both extinguishing the fire at the Faught home and preventing her own home from catching on fire.

"They worked really, really hard and fast," Ray said, adding the siding on her garage was melted due to the heat from the fire.

The crews also were on the scene well into Saturday morning, attempting to locate the Faughts. Ray was outside around 9 a.m., when the firefighters located the Faughts' bodies.

"They were taking the bodies out of the house," Ray said.

Mitchell, 45, and Genie, 41, both died of smoke inhalation.

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