- Last Updated on 07:31 PM 09/09/12
- BY Paula I. Bryant
An apartment fire that claimed the life of a 34-year-old South Boston man early Sunday morning is currently being investigated by South Boston Police and Virginia State Police.
Lawrence Miller, an occupant of Tangleywylde Drive Apartment 420-B, died Sunday at Halifax Regional Hospital after a kitchen fire caused approximately $60,000 damage to the unit, according to South Boston Fire Chief Steve Phillips.
South Boston Fire Department responded to the blaze at 2:35 a.m., Phillips said. The origin of the fire, believed to have started in the kitchen of the downstairs apartment, remains undetermined.
Miller, who was home alone at the time of the blaze, was found in a bedroom, the chief said, adding his wife wasn’t in the apartment when the fire started.
Some 14 South Boston firefighters responded to the scene with four trucks and were assisted by 10 firefighters on two trucks from Halifax Volunteer Fire Department.
Firefighters remained on the scene until 4:18 a.m., Phillips said.
Halifax County Rescue Squad and EMS responded along with law enforcement officials to the blaze early Sunday morning.
South Boston Police Investigator Randy Redd said Sunday afternoon the fire remains under investigation, and a Virginia State Police arson investigator is assisting.
South Boston Police Capt. B. K. Lovelace said the fire “doesn’t look suspicious,” but authorities “are doing follow-ups, and the body has been sent to the medical examiner’s office in Richmond for an autopsy.”
Tanglewylde Apartments are owned by Chaparral Investments, according to information provided by the fire chief.
Halifax County Red Cross is assisting two families affected by the fire.