One dead after Wednesday morning fire in Pittsylvania County, officials say

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PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY Va. (WFXR) — The Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Department, Fire Marshals, and Public Safety Department are investigating after first responders discovered a dead person while responding to a residential fire in Hurt early Wednesday morning.

According to Pittsylvania County officials, crews from Hurt, Gretna, Climax, Renan, and Chatham Volunteer Fire Departments — as well as an EMS unit from Pittsylvania County Public Safety — were dispatched to a structure fire shortly before 5:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 16360 Rockford School Road. 

When units arrived on scene, they reportedly saw fire coming out of the structure’s front living room.

After first responders quickly extinguished the fire, they started searching the residence and found an unconscious male inside. EMS then evaluated the man and determined he was dead.

Officials say the male victim’s remains have been sent to the State Medical Examiner’s office in Roanoke for positive identification and to determine the cause of death. Meanwhile, the Fire Marshal is still investigating the origin and cause of the fire.

“The Public Safety Department reminds individuals to please have working smoke detectors in your home,” said Public Safety Director Chris Slemp. “If you use alternative heat sources during times of power outages, please follow the instructions for their use and keep them three feet from combustibles.”  

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