ECCLES, WV (WVNS) — Two people were confirmed to have died in a house fire in the Eccles area of Raleigh County on Monday, May 29, 2023.

The deaths were confirmed to 59News by the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office. The complete identities of those who died was not released. However, it was released by Bradley Prosperity Fire Department Chief David Wriston that it was a man and woman.

Wriston said the victims appeared to be living in the vacant house without permission from the homeowner. He also said the fire, which happened in the 4000 block of Harper Road, appears to have been accidental.

Crews were able to contain the fire to one side of the house and get it out quickly.

Chief Wriston and neighbors in Eccles said the home where the fatal fire happened appears in a row of empty houses in the 4000 block where squatter are known to frequent.

Raleigh County officials said they have received no complaints from neighbors and are unaware of any problems with squatters in Eccles.

Stick with 59News as we continue to gather more details.

ECCLES, WV (WVNS) — Multiple crews were on scene of an early morning house fire on Memorial Day.

According to Raleigh County Dispatch, the call for a house fire came in just after 2:00 A.M. on Monday, May 29, 2023. The fire was reported at the 4000 block of Harper Road and Eccles.

Bradley-Prosperity Volunteer Fire Department, Lester Fire Department, Trap Hill Fire and Rescue as well as the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department all responded to the scene.

Whether or not injuries were sustained during the fire has not been released.

This is a developing story. Stick with 59News as we continue to learn more.