Police charge woman in Danville fire and homicide

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Christy Michelle Beskin

DANVILLE, Va. — Police have identified the victim of a fatal house fire in Danville, Va., and charged a Pittsylvania County woman in the death.

Donna Gail Hiat-Lanier, 50, of 107 Wood Ave., died Sunday in a fire at her home, according to a news release.

Investigators deemed the blaze arson shortly after arriving on the scene.

Police arrested Christy Michelle Beskin, 39, in connection with the fire. Beskin faces charges of homicide and arson, according to a news release. Beskin remains in the Danville City Jail without bail.

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