MARION, Va – UPDATE
Police have identified the victim as 72-year-old Lynda Darnell Hall. Her dog also died in the fire.
The fire has been ruled accidental.
An apartment fire in Smyth County killed one resident late Tuesday night.
The Marion Fire Department showed up around 11 p.m. at the apartment complex on the 500 block of Chatham Hill Road.
Crews found heavy smoke coming from the apartment when they arrived.
In between efforts to suppress the fire and search through the complex, Marion police officers recovered one person who had to be immediately transported to the Smyth County Community Hospital.
The victim died soon after.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Police have not yet released the identity of the person who died.