Statement from Fire Chief Ted Anderson:
On February 22, 2019 at 10:16 AM, Martinsville Fire & EMS (MF & EMS) responded to a 911 call at 1006 Country Club Drive, located within the City of Martinsville, for a structure fire. The call originated from a passerby stating he was driving by and the home was fully involved with someone possibly inside. Due to medical calls, MF & EMS responded with two fire engines and an ambulance with a second ambulance responding later. First arriving units found heavy fire involvement in the upper left area and attic of the home. A defensive/exterior attack was established initially. Once more personnel arrived, an interior search and fire attack was performed. While searching the home, a victim was located in the room where the initial flames were seen. Unfortunately the victim had already succumbed to the effects of the fire. The body has been sent to the medical examiner’s office for an official identification and cause of death. The house is owned by Tom and Lynn Fitzgibbons. The victim is believed to be that of Mrs. Lynn Fitzgibbons pending confirmation from the medical examiner. “We would like to ask the community to share in our thoughts and prayers for the well-respected family of the Fitzgibbons during this tragic event” stated Martinsville Fire Chief/Fire Marshal Ted Anderson.
The fire is believed to be accidental in nature and to have started in the bedroom which is located on the second level in the left corner. The Martinsville Fire & EMS Fire Marshal’s office is still investigating to affirm a more definitive point of origin. MF & EMS would like to thank the mutual aid received from Ridgeway and Dyers Store Volunteer Fire Department, Henry County Department of Public Safety, the City of Martinsville Police, Sheriff’s, Public Works, and Electric Departments.