1 dead after car fire at Suffolk gas station

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A man has died, after Suffolk firefighters pulled him from a burning car at a gas station Wednesday morning.

Suffolk Fire & Rescue crews and Suffolk police were called to the 1600 block of Bridge Road around 5:23 a.m. after someone called about a car on fire with a person inside at the Crittenden Sunoco.

Cell phone video taken by Sunoco employee Vijay Patel captured the frightening scene. He said he opened the gas station at 5 a.m., as always, then noticed a car parked near the building, but didn’t see anyone nearby.

Fifteen minutes later, Patel said someone told him the car was on fire. He called 911, and when firefighters got there, they told him to shut off all the pumps and close the store. He took the video from a safe distance.

When crews arrived, they found an older four-door Buick partially engulfed in flames. Firefighters broke the glass and removed 64-year-old Alvin Bernard Greene, of Smithfield, from the car. There was no one else inside.

Greene was transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with life-threatening injuries. He died later in the day.

A family member told 10 On Your Side Greene was a long-distance truck driver. He and his wife had one daughter.

Neal Zimmerman stops by the Sunoco everyday. She got there three hours after the fire. “It was all taped off. There was a car that had burned,” she said. “I would be interested to find out what really happened.”

Officials say the car was parked approximately 15 yards from the gas station. It has been removed from the scene. The Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.


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