He wanted to get warm, so he went down a sewer and started a fire

The fire did not pose any threat to Oceana and base officials were notified of the situation. Southside Daily/Courtesy of Virginia Beach Fire Department)
The fire did not pose any threat to Oceana and base officials were notified of the situation. Southside Daily/Courtesy of Virginia Beach Fire Department)

VIRGINIA BEACH — A homeless man is in the hospital being treated for minor smoke inhalation after starting a fire inside a sewer drain.

It all started with a call dispatchers received around 2:17 p.m. Tuesday. The report: Passersby saw smoke coming out from a sewer drain just off Oceana Boulevard.

It’s near the spot where people watch jets land at Naval Air Station Oceana, said Art Kohn, spokesman for the Virginia Beach Fire Department.

“Firefighters responding to the call discovered a homeless man in the sewer,” Kohn said. “He said he climbed down there to get warm. He apparently started a small fire for heat and people passing by the sewer cover saw smoke rising from below.”

Firefighters went down the sewer drain to check if there was anyone else there.

“The man came out of the sewer covered in soot and was transported to a local hospital to be treated for minor smoke inhalation,” Kohn said. “The rescue crews that investigated the sewer confirmed that the fire was out and there was no one else down there.”

The fire did not pose any threat to Oceana and base officials were notified of the situation, Kohn said.

Information on the man’s condition and his identity was not immediately available.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.