PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - Search warrants indicate at least two of the victims in a deadly Petersburg house fire may have been stabbed.
Detectives searched the South Valor Street house of Alexander Hill Jr. in Petersburg Saturday, hours after the fire broke out. In the warrant, the officers said in addition to heavy fire damage inside the home in the 700 block of Harding Street, they found the four victims. Two of the victims suffered injuries consistent with puncture wounds and found a large knife with red stains at the scene, the warrants said. The warrants did not disclose which of the victims suffered the injuries.
A family spokesperson identified the victims as Pauline Wilkins, her daughter Vicki Ansar, Ansar's daughter Tanique "Missy" Chavis and her two year old son, Deldari Chavis.
The victims are related to a Petersburg Assistant Fire Marshal, who has now recused himself from the investigation.