David Cole Hutzler, son Jason, shot before Glengary house fire

Police say the father and son victims of the fire were both shot before the blaze was set. (Photo: Richard Reeve/ABC7)

The father and son who died in a January house fire in Glengary, W.Va., were both shot before the fire was intentionally set, the Martinsburg, W.Va. Journal reports.

Fire officials tell the Journal that the fire, in which 56-year-old David Cole Hutzler and his 9-year-old son, James, were killed, was set on purpose. Meanwhile, a state trooper also confirmed that both father and son had gunshot wounds, and that the incident is now being considered a homicide.

The fire broke out on Jan. 6 in a home in the 400 block of Apple Harvest Drive in Glengary, a small town located about 25 miles north of Winchester. At the time, the fire was deemed suspicious.

Upon further investigation, K9 units found traces of accelerants, which would be used to speed up a fire, in four places in the trailer.