FALLS CHURCH, Va. (CBSDC) — One woman killed in an early morning Falls Church house fire Wednesday has been identified as 48-year-old Laura Jeanne Snyder-Gardner.

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department said they are still working to identify the body of a second female found in the Manor Road home. Neighbors say at least two of the three residents of the home were deaf and one was confined to a wheelchair.

The blaze, which also killed several pets, began shortly before 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, authorities say. The home was completely engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. One body was discovered shortly after the flames were extinguished and a second was found in the rubble hours later.

A third individual who lives at residence may not have been home at the time of the fire. A person who lives nearby says that person’s car was not in the driveway.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but one neighbor describes being awoken by a thump that he thought was an explosion.

“I started to get up and then I heard the woman next door scream,” he told WNEW. “I know it was her voice. I heard her scream once and then I heard her scream a second time. By the time I got around my bed to the window… the entire house was engulfed in flame.”

A Fairfax County Fire Department spokesperson confirms two dogs and two cats also perished in the blaze.

The home is “virtually unrecognizable” according to WNEW reporter Kevin Patrick.

WNEW’s Kevin Patrick contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.


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