80-year-old man found dead following structure fire in Mathews County


MATHEWS COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia State Police are currently investigating a structure fire that claimed the life of an elderly man in Mathews County Sunday evening.

According to Virginia State Police, the incident occurred around 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the 200 block of Gayle Lane. They say Richard Henry Couch, 80, was found deceased inside the building.

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The Mathews County Sheriff’s Office have asked the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation/Arson Unit to investigate the fatal fire.

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