ODU student hospitalized after kitchen fire in home

Posted at 7:36 AM, Sep 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-14 18:14:57-04

Norfolk, Va. - An Old Dominion University student was transported to the hospital after being found unresponsive in a home during a kitchen fire Monday morning.

Fire crews responded to the scene in the 800 block of 43rd Street just before 3:00 a.m.

The other resident inside, another ODU student, was able to get out of the home safely before firefighters arrived.

"We were sleepy and we were like, 'Oh my God. What happened?" says Ramin Rabiee, who took action to save his neighbor's life after flames engulfed the duplex next to his.

During a primary search, firefighters quickly found a man in his twenties on a bedroom floor unresponsive.

The man was carried out of the home and taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. He is in serious condition.

"That`s awful. Like I said, I didn`t see an ambulance or anything, so I guess I missed that they got him to the hospital quickly," says Rabiee.

The kitchen fire was quickly extinguished and declared under control by officials after about 20 minutes.

The fire was contained to the kitchen area of that unit and the residents will be displaced.

Those affected are being assisted by the Red Cross and Old Dominion University.

Residents of the second unit were not displaced.

Officials say the smoke detector did not go off at the time of the fire, so NewsChannel 3 took action to speak to the landlord about it.

"I just talked to my husband about the smoke detector and he says the last time he came in here and changed the toilet seat that he came and checked the smoke detector that it was working at the time," says Siew Yuen Giocondo.

She does not know if it went off last night or not, but she does know for sure that just a month ago it was working and the tenants never reported any changes.

On Monday morning, ODU released the following statement:

"Old Dominion University staff provided immediate assistance to two students displaced by a fire at their off-campus duplex home early this morning. University staff provided temporary on-campus housing and are working to replace books and other belonging lost in the blaze."