The fire victim in Tuesday’s Gaines Road fire has been
identified as James Earl FRANCIS, 72, of Haymarket. The cause of death
is still under investigation.
Road Fire Claims Life [Previously Released] Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Tuesday, December 10th, at 1:07 a.m. fire and rescue crews were
dispatched to the 16000 block of Gaines Road (Haymarket) for a reported
structure fire. Upon arrival, crews observed a detached and occupied
2-story garage (converted into a residence) on fire and a victim in front of
the building. A resident of the second
story attempted to respond to a call for help from the first-floor resident but
was met by fire and unable to assist. A third occupant heard the call for help
as well and was able to rescue the victim from the first floor.
and rescue crews began CPR on the victim who was transported from the scene to
a local medical facility; however, the victim later died at the hospital. The
rescuer sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported as well.
building sustained extensive damage and declared a total loss; displacing two
of its residents. The occupants in the
nearby single-family dwelling were not displaced.
Fire Marshal’s Office determined the cause of the fire to be careless smoking.
The adult will be identified once next of kin has been confirmed and notified.
An autopsy will be conducted.
investigation is continuing.