UPDATE: Elderly man killed in house fire

Posted by Phil Riggan – email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A house fire in Richmond has left one man dead and a family devastated.

Firefighters responded to the 1800 block of Peter Paul Blvd on the city's East End at 12:13 a.m. this morning. The 911 call indicated that a person was possibly inside.

Firefighters arrived on location to find a brick rancher with smoke showing. Fire personnel made there way through the front door and found one person who had already succumbed to his injury.

The fire was marked under control at 12:36 a.m. The man was identified as James Welford Adkins, 78. He was home alone.

The Fire Investigations Team believes the fire to be accidental in nature. Several smoke alarms was found in the house: however, it is believe they were not functioning.

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