The Danville Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at 919 Halifax Road on March 18, 2015. On the arrival of the first arriving fire units, the fire officer reported heavy fire and smoke showing from the structure. A bystander reported that there were children trapped inside of the structure. Fire personnel conducted an aggressive search for the trapped victims under extreme fire conditions. The fire fighters were able to locate the children quickly and remove them from the structure. Fire personnel began resuscitating the victims immediately and turned them over to the Danville Life Saving Crew for continued medical treatment and transport to Danville Regional Medical Center.
The victims have been identified as four year old Destine Grace Adkins and ten year old Makayla Gabrielle Davis, sisters of the residence.
The fire was investigated by the Fire Marshals Office, and was determined to be accidental and originating on the kitchen stove.
Shelby J. Irving, Fire Marshal/Battalion Chief