'A hero,' says the narrator. After rescuing relatives and attempting to save pets from a VA fire, a 66-year-old man died.
A woman from Fredericksburg, Virginia, died in a house fire after rescuing relatives, then rushing back inside the burning home to attempt to rescue her pets. Screengrab from Spotsylvania County Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Management's Facebook post.
Before returning home to try to save her pets, a Virginia woman assisted her relatives in escaping a house fire. Authorities said she never made it out. According to a news release from the Spotsylvania County Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Management, firefighters responded to a house fire in Fredericksburg, a city about 50 miles south of Washington, D.C., just before 8 a.m. on Sunday, April 10.
Firefighters arrived to find flames venting from the front as well as smoke and fire burning throughout the house. Authorities reported three senior folks were inside the house when the fire occurred. According to the fire department, the 66-year-old woman assisted her sister and husband out of the house before racing back inside to try to save several pets.
She was clearly overpowered by the smoke and was unable to return to safety, firemen said in a statement. The two family members were brought to the hospital for smoke inhalation treatment and are likely to recover, according to authorities. We are heartbroken for the family's loss of a loved one who died valiantly saving other family members, firemen added. Authorities advise homeowners to get out and stay out in the event of a house fire, and to never re-enter a burning building to save pets or belongings. I'm sorry, but my heart hurts for you. One person commented on the fire department's Facebook page, She was a hero and thinking of someone else till the absolute end."
The cause of the fire had not been identified as of April 10th.