UPDATED 6/14/19: The deceased has been identified as Brian Green, 50, of Arlington, VA. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
June 11, 2019 – At 7:44 a.m. on Tuesday morning, firefighters from Arlington County Fire Department, Ft. Myer Fire Department and Arlington County Police Department were dispatched for a possible structure fire at a two-story apartment building in the 3800 block of Fifth Street North.
There was no fire evident when firefighters arrived, but the reporting party told firefighters it smelled like something was burning in the building. Firefighters on the back of the building identified the source of the smell as a first-floor apartment. They forced entry and found a small fire on the stove at the rear of the apartment that was quickly extinguished.
Upon searching the residence, firefighters located an unconscious adult male in the living room. The occupant was immediately removed from the apartment and resuscitative efforts initiated by Fire/EMS personnel. Responders continued to treat the patient en-route to the hospital where the patient was later pronounced deceased.
The fire was contained to the room of origin and did not affect any other residences in the building. There was a smoke detector installed in the apartment, but it did not contain a battery.
Investigators from ACFD Fire Prevention Office and ACPD responded and are working collaboratively to investigate the fire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
The identity of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The cause of death will be determined by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. No further information is available at this time.
- If you think there may be a fire in your home/building, call 9-1-1 immediately and alert other occupants. Delays in alerting the fire department can lead to the fire getting exponentially bigger.
- Have at least one smoke alarm on each level of your home, and test it monthly. (Ideally you should have a smoke alarm inside and outside of each sleeping area as well.) Early notification allows you the most time possible to safely escape.
- Keep your stove top clear of combustible items, and always keep an eye on your food when cooking.