Neighbor reflects after man found dead in Henrico home: 'They're really good people'

Posted at 12:14 PM, Nov 21, 2023
and last updated 2023-11-22 10:57:34-05

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- One person was found dead inside an Aeronca Avenue home, near Woodman Park, in Henrico County, according to fire officials.

A neighbor who saw smoke coming from the home called 911 just before 10:42 a.m. Tuesday.

Fire crews arrived minutes later and found smoke pouring out of one side of the home.

Henrico Fire Marshal Henry Rosenbaum said fire crews put out a small fire in a front room, though it was unclear if it was in a living room or dining room.

Crews found the victim deceased in an adjacent room.

Two people lived in the home, but only the deceased was at home at the time of the fire.

The deceased has not yet been publicly identified, but firefighters said he was a man in his 50s.

"It's just sad," Rosenbaum said. "It's two days before Thanksgiving. And you know any time someone suffers a fire loss, and then more importantly, the loss of a loved one, you know, during a fire, it's very sad for us. It touches us personally as well."

Trinity Barnett has lived next door for more than 20 years.

"It's just kind of somber. It's kind of crazy that this has happened. You never expect something like this," she said.

Trinity Barnett
Neighbor Trinity Barnett

Barnett said she couldn't see a fire but could smell the smoke that morning.

"I've known them my whole life," Barnett said. "They were really good people."

The fire is under investigation.

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