VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Emergency responders saved a man’s life on Thursday after his apartment caught fire on Blackfriars Court and he went into cardiac arrest.
Firefighters responded to the fire at the Mariner’s Cover Apartments around 3 p.m., according to the Virginia Beach Fire Department.
When crews arrived to the scene, they learned there was a man inside the burning apartment. Officials say three firefighters climbed a ladder to a balcony on the second story to get inside.
One of the firefighters, a rookie in his first year with the department, found the man inside a bathroom with the door closed. Officials say the firefighters were able to lower the man from the balcony safely.
The man was in cardiac arrest, but officials say other VBEMS crews on the ground were able to successfully resuscitate the man using CPR. He was transported to a local hospital.
Fire officials say there were no injuries reported.
There were six units damaged as a result of the fire and officials say the Red Cross is helping the two adults and two children that were displaced.
The Parent Teacher Association for Brickell Academy, located near the site of the apartment fire, says all of their after-school activities are canceled due to smoke.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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