Man dies from injuries sustained in fire at Va. Beach storage facility

(Photo courtesy WAVY viewer Andrew)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A man has died from injuries he sustained in a fire at a storage facility in Virginia Beach Thursday night.

Firefighters were called to Jack Rabbit Self Storage in the 5900 block of Providence Road at 7:06 p.m. Crews got to the scene two minutes later and found an old model Ford Escort station wagon up in flames. The fire had already spread to two storage units located within a few feet of the burning car.

Photos: Storage facility fire in Virginia Beach

When firefighters got inside the last unit, they found a man there. He was unresponsive and had severe burns to the lower half of his body. The man was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with life-threatening injuries. He passed away from his injuries Friday afternoon.

The man was identified as 84-year-old Jack Douglas Soudriette.

Fire officials said it was difficult to get to the man because there was an “extreme amount of debris and clutter in the unit,” which left little room to move around.

There were no firefighters hurt.

The fire was marked under control within 30 minutes. Two units had fire damage. Another two units just had minor water damage.

There was a large presence of first responders at the scene. Five fire engines, two ladder companies and a heavy rescue truck responded to the blaze.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Stay with for updates to this developing story.