UPDATE 12/16: Fire officials say an adult male who was rescued by firefighters has died. The man was found in a first-floor bedroom. His body has been sent to the medical examiner's office.
Neighbors tell 13News Now they tried twice but were unable to save the man. They say they are heartbroken for the man's wife and two children, who were able to escape, but are left without their father and husband so close to Christmas.
Officials say the home did have working smoking detectors. The fire is still under investigation.
NORFOLK -- An early morning fire led to one person being hospitalized in critical condition after having to be rescued by firefighters.
According to a spokesperson, first responders were dispatched to the 8800 block of Semmes Ave., in the Bayview section of Norfolk, at around 6:30 a.m. for a report of a residential structure fire with people possibly still inside the building. They arrived within five minutes to find heavy fire and smoke coming from a two-story home.
Three occupants of the house had already managed to escape, but arriving firefighters were told someone was still inside. Fire crews entered the building and conducted a primary search to locate the victim while other firefighters were tried to control the blaze.The personnel who entered the structure reported high heat conditions inside.
The victim was eventually located and rescued from the house, and then transported to a local hospital, reportedly in critical condition. A further search of the structure while the fire was being fought led to no one else being found.
Additional medic units responded out to treat and transport the three occupants who escaped.The spokesperson credited working smoke alarms with having alerted the residents to the fire.
The fire was declared under control at approximately 6:54 am. Investigators arrived on scene and are working to determine a cause.