Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Critically injured man in Friday morning fire in York County dies

A fire in the 100 block of 100 block of Hickory Hills Drive in York County is under investigation. (WYDaily/Courtesy of York County Department of Fire and Life Safety)
A fire in the 100 block of 100 block of Hickory Hills Drive in York County is under investigation. (WYDaily/Courtesy of York County Department of Fire and Life Safety)

Officials from the York County Department of Fire and Life Safety said the man critically injured in a Friday morning fire has died.

Information of the child, who also was hospitalized with critical injuries, was not immediately available.

Both were taken to the hospital along with two other people – information on the extent of the injuries of the other two was not released as of Friday afternoon – their identities also were not released.

York County Department of Fire and Life Safety Chief Steve Kopcynski said his crews responded to the fire in the 100 block of Hickory Hills Drive located in the Springfield Terrace Subdivision and Bruton District of York County at around 8 a.m.

James City County and Williamsburg fire departments also responded.

When crews arrived at the scene, three of the five occupants had escaped the home, but two people were still inside, Kopcynski. Crews managed to rescue the two remaining occupants.

The chief described the two critically injured occupants as “one adult male and one child male.”

The fifth occupant was uninjured.

Kopcynski said the child was found in the bathroom of the home and crews were able to get the child out through a window. The child was taken to Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters.

Kopcynski said the fire was under control shortly after crews arrived.

He added there appeared to be no functioning smoke detectors inside the home when crews arrived.

Kopcynski said the home sustained significant interior damage and is currently unlivable. No other structures were damaged.

Officials said it appeared the origin of the fire in the living room area, “however, investigation of the specific cause is ongoing.”

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