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AVONDALE, WV (WVNS) — LATEST: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 –– Investigators with the West Virginia Fire Marshal’s Office confirm no human remains were found during the search on Tuesday.

Tuesday afternoon investigators arrived to the scene of a burned-down home in the Avondale area of McDowell County. The investigation began Monday night when deputies responded to a domestic incident involving a large sword at the home.

Deputies said one of the people involved also set the home on fire. One victim was flown to the hospital. Lisa Louise Turpin was arrested and charged her with second degree arson, third degree arson, attempted murder, and malicious wounding.

Assistant Sate Fire Marshal, Larry Hamrick, said comments made at the scene Monday night led investigator to suspect there may have been another person in the fire. But after searching the scene Tuesday, no remains were found.

Hamrick said investigators discovered the person they were searching for was in another state at the time of the incident. The arson is still under investigation by the state fire marshal’s office.


AVONDALE, WV (WVNS) — UPDATE: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 — Investigators with the West Virginia Fire Marshal’s office tell 59 News there is a chance they could find human remains during an arson investigation in McDowell County.

The arson investigation started with a domestic incident on Monday, September 9, 2019. McDowell County deputies said it began around 6 p.m.

Assistant Sate Fire Marshal, Larry Hamrick, arrived to the scene Tuesday. The two buildings on the property were completely destroyed in the blaze.

“The Iaeger fire department and numerous other departments responded to a structure fire here outside of Iaeger,” said Hamrick. “Prior to that the McDowell County sheriff’s department was called to a possible domestic.”

Deputies said that domestic dispute involved a large sword. When they arrived, they found the house engulfed in flames.

One victim was flown to Pikeville medical center for treatment. Deputies arrested Lisa Louise Turpin of Avondale and charged her with second degree arson, third degree arson, attempted murder, and malicious wounding.

Investigators with the state fire marshal’s office are handling the arson investigation. Tuesday afternoon, Hamrick and two other investigators, helped Iaeger volunteer firefighters put out the remaining smoke.

“We’re just trying to knock down what’s left of the smoke so we can have a safe area to go in and work ourselves,” said Hamrick.

With shovels and rakes, investigators sifted through the ash, looking for more than evidence of arson. Hamrick said they suspect another person was in the fire.

“A team of three of us will go in and start excavating what we can and try to come up with whether there’s someone else here or not,” said Hamrick. “Hopefully there’s not.”

Hamrick said comments made at the scene Monday night led them to believe there may be another person. The search began Tuesday afternoon.

Turpin was arraigned this morning before a magistrate who set a $25,000 cash-only bond. Turpin is also being accused of trying to set the neighbors Porch on fire.


AVONDALE, WV (WVNS) — UPDATE: 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 — Deputies in McDowell County have released new details about an arson investigation. The initial call involved a domestic dispute with large sword and a home that was on fire.

The victim, whose name is not being released, was flown to Pikeville Medical Center for treatment. There is no word on that person’s condition at this time.

Lisa Louise Turpin, 40, of Avondale, WV was arrested. In addition to charges from the initial call, she is also accused of trying to set her neighbor’s porch on fire.

Turpin is charged with Second Degree Arson, Third Degree Arson, Attempted Murder and Malicious Wounding. She is being held on a $25,000 cash only bond.


ORIGINAL STORY: An investigation is underway following a domestic incident that has turned into an arson investigation, according to McDowell County Sheriff’s Deputies.

Deputies said they were called to a home in the Avondale area for a domestic incident around 6:10 p.m. Monday, September 9, 2019. Deputies said one of the people involved also set a home on fire. That person has been arrested.

One person was injured and had to be flown to the hospital. Their condition is unknown at this time.

Bradshaw, Iaegar and Raysal Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the scene, along with Jan Care and STAT Ambulance, Iaegar Police and a State Fire Marshal. McDowell County Sheriff’s Deputies are handling the investigation.

No names have been released at this time. Details are limited, but stay with 59 News at we continue to follow this developing story.

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