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Person killed, firefighter sent to hospital after Norfolk fire

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Posted at 7:47 AM, Aug 12, 2021

NORFOLK CREWS RESPOND TO OVERNIGHT HOUSE FIRE — NORFOLK, Va. - Norfolk Fire and Rescue responded to a residential house fire on the 3500 block of Somme Avenue Thursday morning.

Multiple units worked quickly to put out the blaze. When News 3 arrived on the scene, the fire was extinguished but there was major damage to the side of the home, garage and roof.

Fire officials said they began an interior attack and began conducting their search, but because of high heat and heavy smoke conditions, they reported finding a victim on their secondary search.

The victim’s name is Leslie Vaughan, 69, of Norfolk.

Ccrews were still at the scene investigating. The Battalion Chief said, "this does appear to be a fire fatality."

Additionally, there was one firefighter taken to the hospital for evaluation and has already been released.

No other injuries were reported but one person has been displaced from the fire.

The investigation led Detectives and the Fire Marshal’s Office to locate video footage that determined the fire was a result of arson.

This discovery led officials to classify the investigation as a homicide.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Norfolk Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or submit a tip through the P3 mobile app.