Apartment fire displaces elderly man

Posted at 3:59 PM, Jan 19, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-20 08:24:40-05

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. (WTVR) – Colonial Heights Fire Department responded shortly before noon Saturday to reports from neighbors of smoke coming from a garage located on Hanover Avenue.

The garage was actually converted into an apartment where an elderly man had been living. We are told it took fire crews 15-20 minutes to get the fire under control.

The elderly man was not home during the time.

The apartment was gutted by the fire and the elderly man was displaced. A chief with the fire department tells us American Red Cross was on scene to assist the resident, as well as the owner of the property.