Chesterfield fire officials confirm 60-year-old Glen Kenney died in an early morning house fire.
Just after 1:00 a.m. Sunday, next door neighbor, Jeff Rumbaugh reported the fire in the 500 block of Old Country Court.
"It kinda sounded like gunshots but I realized it was glass breaking," said Rumbaugh.
When he looked out the window and saw flames shooting out the side of the two story home, Rumbaugh dialed 911 immediately. His first thought was to get Kenney out safely.
"The door was locked," Rumbaugh added. "The back door you couldn't go in. It was engulfed. I was trying everything I could do to get anyone's attention while the emergency crews were on their way."
Chesterfield Fire and EMS responded to the scene where flames could be seen coming from the kitchen at the rear of the house.
Firefighters knocked down the fire and searched the home, where Kenney was found with life-threatening injuries. He was taken to VCU Medical Center, where he was then pronounced dead.
Rumbaugh said he didn't know the man well, but believes he lived alone.
"He was a very private guy," Rumbaugh noted. "I didn't see him too much. We'd always talk when we'd see each other outside."
Fire investigators didn't say if the homeowner had a working smoke detector
"We just want to remind everybody to have operating smoke detectors," said Chesterfield Fire and EMS Lieutenant Jason Elmore. "Having an operating smoke detector doubles you chance of survival in a house fire."
Lt. Elmore tells NBC12 the fire doesn't appear to be suspicious at this time, but an exact cause has yet to be determined.
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