BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — The death of a man in a West Virginia house fire has been classified as a homicide, officials said.
Firefighters who responded to the blaze last December in Raleigh County found the body of homeowner Richard Rice Jr. inside the residence, news outlets reported, citing a statement Tuesday from the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office.
The West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office also responded and determined Rice died as a result of a homicide, the statement said. The agencies are working together to investigate.
The sheriff’s office said it is seeking help from the public and offered a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.
Anyone with information can contact the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office or Crimestoppers.