INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY AFTER FATALITY INVOLVING A FIRE

SUFFOLK, Virginia (June 8, 2024): Suffolk Fire & Rescue responded to the 4400 Block of
Holland Road for a reported power line down and brush on fire. Emergency Communications
dispatched the incident at 2:54 a.m.

Upon arrival, Engine 7 upgraded the response due to a large fire in the area. Once Engine 7’s
crews started to attack the fire, the crew located a tractor hauling a shipping container on fire.
The tractor had left the roadway and struck several trees. The tractor was well involved in fire.
The shipping container had overturned but was not on fire. The fire was placed under control at
3:30 a.m. Once the fire was out, firefighter’s located one person deceased in the cab of the
tractor. The saddle tank ruptured and is contained. Firefighters are working to identify the
contents of the shipping container, yet the contents of the shipping container were not involved
in the fire and are not a hazard. Suffolk Police is leading the investigation into the cause of the
crash and the Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause and origin of the fire.

Responding fire units included Battalion 1, Engine 7, Engine 4, Engine 1, Rescue 1, Medic 7,
EMS 1, Safety 1, Tanker 8, Tanker 7, Carrsville Tanker 20, and Fire Marshal 6.

Credit: Suffolk FR