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34-year-old dies in apartment fire

South Boston News
SoVaNow.com / September 10, 2012
A South Boston resident, Lawrence Miller Jr., 34, died early Sunday morning in a fire that struck Tanglewylde Apartments.

According to South Boston Fire Chief Steve Phillips, his department was called out 2:34 a.m. Sunday to the Tanglewylde complex, located on Tanglewylde Drive just below Halifax Regional Hospital. As firefighters attempted to extinguish the blaze, they found the man lying in the bedroom in one of the downstairs apartments located in the building. Rescue squad personnel rushed him immediately to the hospital.

The cause of the blaze has yet to be determined, said Phillips, who explained that South Boston Detective Randy Redd is investigating the blaze with the assistance of the Virginia State Police.

The apartments are owned by Chaparral Investments. The building (one of six units) in which the apartment was located su stained an estimated $60,000 in damages.

A source close to the investigation said Miller and his wife had talked around midnight Saturday at which time he told his wife, who was visiting her family near Scottsburg, that he was tired and was going to put something to eat in the microwave and lie down. Their ten year old son was visiting a friend. It is believed that something from the microwave burned, causing smoke to fill the apartment, the source said.

The Red Cross is assisting the family and also a couple who lived in an upstairs apartment which also suffered significant smoke damage.

South Boston firefighters responded with four trucks and 15 people and were assisted by eight to ten members of the Halifax Volunteer Fire Department.

According to South Boston Police Captain B.K. Lovelace, Miller’s body was sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Richmond for an autopsy, although no foul play is suspected.

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