WEDDINGTON, NC (WJZY) - The investigation continues into a fire that claimed the life of a former Union County prosecutor Monday afternoon in Weddington.
The Union County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Tuesday, August 9, that former assistant district attorney Anne Reeves, 38, died in the fire, which happened about 1 p.m. at her home on Ironwood Drive.
JUST IN: Medical examiner identified the body as former asst. DA Anne Taylor Reeves, age 38. Sheriff says, cause of fire still unknown.— Caroline Fountain (@FountainFox46) August 9, 2016
Reeves was the lead prosecutor in the child abuse case against Joshua Houser. Houser was convicted of harming his stepdaughter and ultimately causing her death.
PICTURE: Neighbors confirm this is Anne Reeves, former Union Co. asst. DA, whose body was found inside house fire. pic.twitter.com/qHcTQbAAns— Caroline Fountain (@FountainFox46) August 9, 2016
The sheriff’s office, ATF and SBI returned to the scene Tuesday and told FOX46 that the body was found in a car in the basement garage of the home.
JUST IN: The body was found in a car in the garage, per investigators. Crews clearing scene now, taking car. pic.twitter.com/ddbKCLwAGH— Caroline Fountain (@FountainFox46) August 9, 2016
VIDEO: Car where body was found towed away for further investigation. pic.twitter.com/1ojj4H1O6b— Caroline Fountain (@FountainFox46) August 9, 2016
Neighbors in the area said the fire was so intense they heard explosions. A neighbor called 911 to report the blaze.
PHOTOS: See photos from the scene here
The home was considered a total loss.
Investigators told FOX46 that they've been in contact with Anne Reeves' husband and children.
“Our hearts go out to the family of Mrs. Reeves," said Sheriff Eddie Cathey. "Rest assured, we will continue to investigate this matter and look into every possible cause of her death and this fire.”
Officials were still working to determine if the fire was accidental or intentionally set.
So far, there is no word on what started the blaze.