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Update: Two Killed in Pope County Fire Identified

A man and a woman died in the early morning blaze near the Pollard Cemetery on Saturday.
Courtesy: River Valley Leader
Courtesy: River Valley Leader
Courtesy: River Valley Leader
Courtesy: River Valley Leader
Courtesy: River Valley Leader
Courtesy: River Valley Leader
Courtesy: River Valley Leader
Courtesy: River Valley Leader
Update (July 9):
POPE COUNTY, AR - The identities of the victims who died in an early morning fire on Saturday have been released.

The Pope County Sheriff's Office says Vickie Branch, 49, and Justin Holderer, 33, both of Dover, died in the blaze.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Original story (July 6):

POPE COUNTY, AR-- Two people are dead following a fire early this morning in Pope County.

The Pope County Coroner has confirmed the fire took the life of a woman in her 40's and a man in his 30's, but their names are not being released pending notification of relatives.

According to Fox16 Content Partner River Valley Leader, around 1:00 a.m. the Martin Township Fire Department was called to a structure fire on Pollard Cemetery Road.

 Pope County 911 dispatchers stated that the caller reported possible entrapment.

The crews were unable to enter the structure due to the immense heat and flames.

The Dover Rural Fire Department and Pope County EMS also dispatched to the address along with the Hatley and Hector Fire Departments.

It took about two hours to get the fire under control.

It was then the crews were able to recover the two victims.

Pope County Coroner Leonard Krout arrived on the scene at approximately 3:30 a.m.

Fire crews remained on the scene throughout the early morning hours.

The investigation into the cause of the fire is continuing at this time.
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