RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Emergency crews were called to a house fire in Richmond’s Fan District Tuesday morning.
Richmond Fire officials say the call came in at 5:25 a.m. for a reported fire on N. Shields Avenue between Floyd Avenue and Grove Avenue.
An occupant of the home was out walking her dog. When she arrived back at the home, she smelled smoke inside. A fire was contained to the upstairs bedroom where her husband, described to be in his late-70’s, was locked inside, according to Richmond Fire officials.
Firefighters were able to remove the man from the house and was transported to VCU Medical Center for smoke inhalation. Injuries are still being evaluated.
“They had to force the door open to get inside and right at the foot of the bed is where the gentleman was on the ground,” said Lt. Chris Armstrong, Richmond Fire PIO.
The cause of the fire is still being investigated.
Lt. Armstrong also says now is a good time to:
- Check smoke alarms
- Get heating equipment professionally cleaned and serviced December to February — majority of fires nationwide are from problems with heating equipment.
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