DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Authorities say a man is dead after he went back into his burning home for a wallet and never made it back out.
Dinwiddie County Sheriff D.T. Adams told 8News that two brothers lived in the home on Blackwell Road.
A neighbor of the house called 911 just before 3 a.m. Friday to report that the house was on fire. They told crews a man may still be inside the burning home.
Fire crews made several attempts to locate the man and to attack the blaze, said Dennis Hale, Chief of Dinwiddie County Fire and EMS. During those initial searches of the house, the man was found dead inside the home.
His brother had escaped the fire prior to the fire department arriving. He was not injured and is now being helped by the American Red Cross, Hale said.
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The sheriff later told 8News that when the fire started, the man went back in the house to get his wallet but was unable to make it back outside.
The man’s body has been transported to the medical examiner’s office to determine the exact cause of death. His identity will be released pending notification of family.
It took crews about an hour to get the fire under control. The house is now a total loss, Hale said.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, though officials believe it was accidental in nature.
Stay with 8News for updates on this developing story.
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