Sgt. Corey Flowers, daughter killed in Fort Lee fire

A 24-year-old Army sergeant and his 2-year-old daughter have been identified as the victims of a fatal fire at Fort Lee in central Virginia, officials say.

The fire, which broke out in a housing unit on the Army base in Petersburg early Monday morning, killed Sgt. Corey Flowers and his daughter, Kourtney. Fire officials say that an unattended open frying pan and cooking oil ignited the flames.

An investigation revealed that the fire started in the first-floor kitchen of Flowers' home in the Madison Park subdivision of Fort Lee.

Flowers wife and the mother of the girl, Spc. Pauletta Flowers, was not at home at the time of the fire, which broke out just before 3 a.m. Monday.

Corey Flowers, a Raeford, N.C. native, joined the Army in 2006 and served as a mortuary affairs specialist with the 54th Quartermaster Company. His wife serves in the 530 Combat Sustainment Support Battalion.