Elderly man dies from injuries after Norfolk fire

Posted at 10:23 AM, Feb 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-04 22:47:06-05

NORFOLK, Va. - An elderly man has died from his injuries following a fire that happened Saturday morning.

Units were sent to the 2300 block of Arkansas Avenue for a reported burn patient just after 8 a.m.

When crews arrived, they found an elderly man in severe respiratory distress with burns to his upper body.

A woman who lives in the home tells News 3 that the man was "engulfed in flames."

According to fire officials, the man's clothing and sofa were extinguished by bystanders using a portable fire extinguisher before crews arrived.

Medics were called to the scene to continue life-saving emergency medical care. The man was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, where he later died.

Family friends say the man lit a cigarette while using oxygen, but the origin and cause of fire remain under investigation.

Other people in the home were unharmed.