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SCSO investigating fatal camper fire

SCSO investigating fatal camper fire

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Updated at 3:30 p.m.

The Smyth County Sheriff's Office is investigating a Monday night camper fire that claimed the life of a local man.

Smyth County Sheriff Chip Shuler said the sheriff's office, along with Marion Fire-EMS and the Adwolfe Fire Department, responded to the camper fire at 2706 Scratch Gravel Road at approximately 9:58 p.m. Monday night.

After the camper fire was extinguished, Shuler said emergency responders found a body inside. 

Family members have confirmed that 51-year-old Jeff Hardy died in the fire. According to his obituary, Hardy was a contractor who worked numerous jobs around Smyth County. He leaves behind two daughters, two stepdaughters and 12 grandchildren.

Shuler said the man's body has been sent to the medical examiner's office in Roanoke. Foul play is not expected, he said, but the cause of the fire remains under investigation. Virginia State Police assisted in processing the scene. 

A funeral service for Hardy will be held at Bradley's Funeral Home on Thursday. The family will receive friends from 5 to 6 p.m.

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The Smyth County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal Monday night camper fire.

Smyth County Sheriff Chip Shuler said the fire occurred at 2706 Scratch Gravel Road in Marion at approximately 9:58 p.m.

Marion Fire-EMS and Adwolfe Fire Department responded to the scene. After the camper fire was extinguished, a  body was discovered inside, Shuler said. 

Smyth deputies and Virginia State Police processed the fire scene and the body has been sent to the medical examiner's office in Roanoke.

Positive identification is pending the medical examiners report. Foul play is not suspected, Shuler said. 

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. 

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