DANVILLE, Va. – Two people died in an early morning fire at 18 Oakland Ave.

The Danville Fire Department responded just before 4 a.m. Monday and found the house fully involved with heavy fire. The smoke and flames prevented crews from entering the home so they fought the fire from the outside. The flames also prevented firefighters from searching the house for anyone trapped inside.

Neighbors advised that two people lived at the address and two bodies were recovered from the rubble. The remains were transferred to the Virginia Medical Examiner’s office for positive identification. Their names have not been released.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the fire marshal’s office and the Danville Police Department.

The Danville Fire Department responded initially with three engines, one ladder truck, two support vehicles and 15 firefighters.

The Danville Life Saving Crew, Danville Police Department, and electric department also assisted at the scene.