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Man Dies in Sandston House Fire

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Photo courtesy Henrico County Division of Fire Photo courtesy Henrico County Division of Fire
Photo courtesy Henrico County Division of Fire Photo courtesy Henrico County Division of Fire

SANDSTON, Va. (WRIC)—A man was killed in a fire that ripped through a home in Henrico County's east end on Sunday evening.

At 6:16 p.m. on Dec. 22, the Henrico County Division of Fire responded to the 100 block of Old Memorial Drive, off of Old Williamsburg Road, for a report of a house fire. Crews arrived on scene to find a single-family, ranch-style home engulfed in flames.

"First units arrived, found very heavy fire conditions coming from the house, which made us go to what we would call a defensive operation," said Battalion Chief Doug Reynolds. "Everything was from the outside, due to the extreme amount of fire that was inside the house."

Neighbors say it didn't look like much but within a few minutes the entire house was on fire.

Amy Laws says not only were the flames huge, but so was the noise. Some residents describing what sounded like gunshots coming from the house during the fire.

"It started out as a small fire and it was and all of sudden everything was engulfed in flames and smoke was rolling everywhere," she says. "I couldn't believe it when I saw it. It sounded like explosions."

According to the Fire Marshall's Office, one adult male, who was the only person home at the time of the fire, died at the scene. He has not yet been identified. No firefighters were injured.

The official cause of death and what started the fire are still being investigated.


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