Fire in Louisa Co. Home Leaves One Dead, One Injured

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One man is dead and a woman is in the hospital with burn injuries after a fire destroyed their Louisa County home.

Fire crews were called to the 1000 block of Doctors Road around 5 o’clock Sunday evening. Propane tanks in the backyard began exploding when the fire reached them, creating a dangerous obstacle.

Firefighters rushed to the house and spent more than two hours getting the fire under control. A husband and wife were inside.

Neighbors were there when the woman escaped.

“She ran out of the house screaming and saying that they were sitting down and trying to start the fire inside, and all of a sudden the fire was everywhere,” said Jacqueline Washington who lives on the property next to the home. Her husband was the first to respond to the fire.

“My husband was over here trying to get to the husband who is still in the fire,” she said.

“I proceeded to go back home to be with my son because I was worried about the gas tanks exploding, because they were popping a few times,” said neighbor Nancy Kracke.

Fire crews had to get to those first before they could tackle the fire inside the house because of the danger the flammable tanks posed.

“There were propane tanks that were in the backyard that we're venting immediately a line was deployed there and cooled those tanks down,” said Louisa Fire Captain Michael Schlemmer.

Crews spent hours searching the home before the man who lived there was found dead inside. His wife suffered burns in the fire and was rushed to the University of Virginia Medical Center.

Neighbors say at this point, they're helping the only way they know how.

“We're just praying for them right now,” Washington said.

The name of the man killed in the fire is not being released at this time.

Schlemmer tells us police have brought in a detective to determine the cause of the fire.

A section of Doctors Road is still closed to traffic.

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