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Elderly man dies in structure fire

An elderly Mathews man died in a structure fire at his home in the Glebe Sunday evening, and the death is being investigated by the Virginia State Bureau of Criminal Investigation/Arson Unit.

On Wednesday afternoon, Virginia State Police identified the victim as 80-year-old Richard Henry Couch.

Mathews County Volunteer Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire in the 200 block of Gayle Lane at 7:13 p.m. according to the weekly fire report from the Mathews County Sheriff’s Office.

Fire Chief Donnie Lewis said that when units arrived, there was a small amount of smoke showing, and firefighters were quickly able to put out the fire, which was confined to one room.

A press release from Virginia State Police Sergeant Michelle Anaya stated that the investigation is being conducted at the request of the Mathews County Sheriff’s Office She said the investigation is ongoing.

Mathews County Sheriff’s Office Major John Williams said deputies had all been tied up on...

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