Fire Kills Man, Injures Woman

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

May 18, 2006

An investigation continues into what caused a Fluvanna County home to go up in flames killing one man.

Thirty-five Fluvanna County firefighters rushed to the home in the 1900 Hunter's Lodge Road. The home to three people was on fire. One of them made it out, and went next door.

"One occupant had been removed, and was in a nearby residence. One occupant was still in there, and we had to extricate that occupant outside," said Chief Mike Brent, of the Fluvanna County Volunteer Fire Company.

Taken out was a man believed to be in his upper sixties. Once outside, emergency medical technicians, worked to resuscitate him. However, the fire that ripped through his home, got the best of him.

"EMS procedures were taken to resuscitate the victim, but they were unsuccessful," added Chief Brent.

The Chief of the Fluvanna County Volunteer Fire Company says the fire started around 6:30 a.m.
It was so out of control that firefighters from Charlottesville were called lend a hand.

"We had two bedrooms, and a roof heavily involved in the fire," said Chief Brent.

Both teams knocked the flames out quickly, and were able to treat a woman who was stuck inside the home. She was taken to the University of Virginia Medical Center.

The person who died in the fire is 63-year-old Ronald Samuel Dudley. His wife, Norma Jean, is still in the hospital, suffering from smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire is not known.

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