UPDATE: PWC Police fatal fire as ‘arson-related double homicide’


MANASSAS, VA - Based upon further investigation into the July 31 deaths of two men from a house fire on Lomond Dr in Manassas, detectives from the Homicide Unit and investigators from the Fire Marshals’ Office are investigating this incident as an arson-related double homicide.

One of the victims has been positively identified as a 17 year old Jose Javier Avalos, of Manassas. Due to extensive injuries, the identity of the second deceased male victim is pending confirmation through the Medical Examiner’s Office. The third man located by officers near Manassas Mall has been identified as a 35 year old man of Manassas and is still hospitalized.

No arrests have been made at this point in connection to this incident. The deaths related to this investigation are Prince William County’s 14th and 15th homicide for 2016*. The investigation continues.


MANASSAS, VA - The Prince William County Police Department is working with the Department of Fire and Rescue in investigating a house fire that occurred early Sunday. The incident occurred in the 10300 block of Lomond Drive in Manassas, Virginia. Police report the fire left two men dead, as well as four dogs.

According to officials, officers responded to the 10300 block of Lomond Drive around 12:24 a.m. on Sunday morning in response to a house fire. When they arrived, they found two men inside the home. One of the men was pronounced dead on the scene, while the other man was transported to a local hospital. He later died as a result of his injuries. There is no information in regards to the identities of the men, as they have been transported to the Medical Examiner's Office for further analysis. Police also found four dogs who had died in the fire and turned them over to Animal Control.

Later, around 1:45 a.m., police received a call about another man who was walking in the area of the Manassas Mall, who appeared to be injured. When they  found him, he was suffering from extensive burns to his body, police say. The man was transported to an area hospital to receive treatment for his injuries.

Currently, the investigation is ongoing, and both the Prince William County Police Homicide Unit and the Department of Fire and Rescue are working together to find answers.