FORT LEE, VA (WWBT) - The victims of a house fire at Fort Lee have been identified as a 24-year-old sergeant and his 2-year-old daughter.
The bodies of Sgt. Corey Flowers, 24, and his 2-year-old daughter, Kourtney Flowers, were found on the first floor of their duplex following a fire early Monday. Spc. Pauletta Flowers, the wife of Sgt. Flowers and mother of Kourtney, was not in the residence during the fire, according to Fort Lee. She is assigned to the 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion at Fort Lee.
Sgt. Flowers is a native of Raeford, N.C. and a mortuary affairs specialist with the 54th Quartermaster Company. He joined the Army in 2006 and has been stationed at Fort Lee ever since.
Investigators say a frying pan was left unattended on the stove, causing the fire in the kitchen of the Belleau Wood Road unit in the Madison Park subdivision.
Neighbors in an adjoining duplex called 911 when their fire alarm went off. Hopewell Emergency Services arrived at the home on Belleau Wood Road within seven minutes of the call. They found the two bodies on the first floor of a duplex. Officials say they were the only two residents of the home.
The neighbors duplex suffered significant smoke and fire damage and the military is now finding them other housing.