HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A man is dead after a house caught fire on Aeronca Avenue in Henrico County.
The Henrico County Division of Fire responded to the 1800 block of Aeronca Avenue at 10:42 a.m., within one or two minutes after a neighbor saw smoke coming from the house and reported it to 9-1-1.
Firefighters entered the home, finding a small fire in the front area of the house.
Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire, but found a man in his 50s who was dead in another room. Officials said his death is relayed to the fire, although it is unclear whether he was in the room at the time of the fire.
The man lived in the home with another resident, who was not home at the time of the fire.
There were no other injuries and no one else was inside the home at the time.
Officials said that the house is not a total loss and needs to be repaired.
Henry Rosenbaum — fire marshal of the Henrico County Division of Fire — shared his feelings about the tragedy.
“You know, it’s two days before Thanksgiving. And, you know, any time somebody suffers a father loss and then more importantly, a loss of of a loved one, you know, during a fire is very sad for us. It touches us personally as well,” Rosenbaum said.
Rosenbaum also shared that the house had a working smoke detector at the time of the fire.
“The other thing that we do know is that the House did have a working smoke detector. And that’s a very positive thing, because there are many fires that we go to that do not have working smoke alarms. And when we say working, it’s one thing to have a smoking alarm, but then the other thing is to have it working,” Rosenbaum said.
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