Two people rescued from fire early Sunday

Published 9:45 am Sunday, October 24, 2021

Two people were rescued from a house fire early Sunday morning, and one was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

The fire in the 700 block of Hollywood Avenue was reported at 1:26 a.m., and the first unit arrived on scene at 1:31 a.m., according to a city press release.

Engine 3, Ladder 3, and Medic 3 arrived to find heavy fire showing from the front of the structure and fire venting from the left side and attic space of a single story residence with a report of a person trapped in the structure, the release stated.

One occupant had been pulled out of the structure by citizens and was in the street prior to arrival of fire units. Citizens confirmed one occupant was still trapped by fire in the interior. Ladder 3’s crew entered the rear window of the structure and found a disabled and bed ridden male occupant in the bed with heavy smoke conditions and zero visibility, the release stated. The rear window was cut to make a large opening, and the male occupant was rescued through the opening. The rescue was completed at 1:41 a.m.

The man was transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in critical condition by Nightingale. The occupant rescued by citizens was evaluated on scene by medics and declined transportation to the hospital. There were no injuries to firefighters.

Other fire units placed two lines into service and were able to control the fire in the structure while the rescue was taking place. Fire was contained to the front porch, front living area and attic space.The residence sustained heavy fire, smoke and heat damage. The fire was called under control at 1:54 a.m.

Three occupants were displaced by the fire and the American Red Cross is assisting the occupants.  The fire is under investigation by the Suffolk Department of Fire & Rescue Fire Marshal’s Office.

Responding units included Battalion 1, Battalion 2, Engine 3, Engine 1, Engine 2, Ladder 3, Medic 3, Medic 6, Rescue 1, EMS-1, Safety 1, and Fire Marshal 5 and 6.