VIRIGNIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A man died in an early-morning house fire in Virginia Beach that officials say was accidental.
Art Kohn with the Virginia Beach Fire Department said an advanced fire alarm alerted dispatch to a fire at a home in the 3200 block of Glastonbury Drive — in the Landstown Lakes section — around 3:15 a.m.
Kohn said the fire started in a room above the garage and was under control 20 minutes after units arrived on scene.
Firefighters found a 68-year-old man in that room. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
A woman was able to get out of the house before crews arrived, Kohn said. She was uninjured.
A neighbor told 10 On Your Side the man was blind and used a wheelchair. He said the woman was is wife of more than 40 years. He said they had no children.
Officials placed a sign on the door saying the house is condemned. The scene was taped off for around four hours Thursday morning as authorities investigated the fire.
Investigators have since ruled the fire accidental, caused by an electrical issue.
The man killed was later identified as 68-year-old Stanley Pawloski, of Virginia Beach.
WAVY’s Kiahnna Patterson, Matthew Twist and Kevin Green contributed to this story.