Elderly man dies in Newport News house fire

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Joe Fisher/WAVY Photo

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — An elderly man died after a house fire in Newport News Wednesday evening, but fire investigators have yet to release his identity.

Dispatchers received a call reporting smoke coming from the rear of a home on Andrews Place at 4:22 p.m.

Investigators say they responded in three minutes and two minutes later, pulled a resident from the home. The man was pronounced dead by medics on scene. Fire Chief Robert Alley confirmed the man’s identity Friday as 73-year-old McArthur Pearson.

“It doesn’t really take much,” said Battalion Chief Adrian Hanline. “Smoke inhalation can cause you to pass out fairly quickly, and if you remain inside that environment, within minutes you could expire.”

Hanline says the victim’s official cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner.

Chief R.B. Alley says the fire started in a back bedroom, but how the fire started is still under investigation. The fire has been determined to be accidental.

Firefighters say they got the flames under control in about 15 minutes. The home suffered exterior damage and smoke damage.

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Joe Fisher/WAVY Photo

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