‘She was my everything,’ bereft husband says after losing wife in apartment fire

Posted at 7:20 PM, May 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-03 23:59:30-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- A 66-year-old woman who was rushed to the hospital after a fire broke out at a Chesterfield apartment Friday evening has died.

Crews were dispatched to the 6500 block of South Beulah Road for an apartment fire around 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Officials said Sunday that Virginia Pauline Bailey of Chesterfield died as a result of her injuries at VCU Medical Center.

David Bailey, who told CBS 6 News Saturday that his wife died in the fire, was not home when the blaze broke out.  He said his wife was well liked, but had health issues.

David Bailey

David Bailey

"I was talking to the Fire Marshall this morning and they think that she was on her oxygen 24 hours a day and that blew up somehow," said Bailey

"Fire crews arrived approximately four minutes later to find heavy smoke showing from the front door of the apartment. Crews made entry and rescued one occupant from the apartment and that occupant was transported to VCU Medical Center in critical condition where she later died as a result of her injuries," Chesterfield Fire and EMS spokesman Lt. Jason Elmore said."We are withholding her name until the Medical Examiner can confirm the identity."

Chesterfield County Fire Marshals are investigating the cause of the fire.


"It took crews approximately 25 minutes to get the incident under control," Elmore said. "The occupants of the apartment have been displaced and are being assisted by Red Cross."

Neighbors who lived in that same apartment building tell CBS 6 they were devastated to hear about the death.

"She seemed very nice, my roommates kids, she liked to play with them," one neighbor said.

Still, Bailey said he does not know what he's going to do without his other half.

"She was my everything," Bailey said. "I don't know any other life, we've been together 50 years."


Chesterfield Apartment Fire (SOURCE: CBS 6 reporter Jon Burkett.)