VIRGINIA BEACH - Investigators are working to determine what sparked fire in a Va. Beach home Tuesday morning.
Crews were called to Overman Avenue in the Aragona section of the city around 9:00 a.m. and say they saw fire coming from the garage area of the single-story home.
The homeowner and his dog were alerted to the fire by a neighbor and escaped without injury.
He was sleeping and didn't have a smoke detector, so it was good that a neighbor spotted the danger, fire officials said.
13News Now viewers reported seeing the smoke for several miles and that the air smells like smoke.
"We can smell it in Fairfield Forest (Kempsville)," Wendy Porter posted on the WVEC13 Facebook page.
Androulla Charliaou added, "I'm at the Bayside Hospital (now Sentara Independence) and I can see and smell it."
Heat from the fire melted some of the siding on a neighboring house.
Authorities said streets in the immediate area could be blocked so firefighters could run water hoses to the house.
The Va. Beach Fire Department offers a free smoke detector to residents. To get one, call the fire station near you or call the “Operation Smoke Detector Hotline” at 757-471-5826.