NEWPORT NEWS -- Fire crews received the call regarding the house fire just before noon on Sunday.
Chief Stephen Pincus tells 13 News the home is in the Denbigh section of the city. The 911 center received multiple calls reporting the house fire. Initial reports also stated that there was someone trapped by the fire.
Crews were dispatched at 1150 and arrived approximately six minutes later to find a large amount of fire coming from the rear of the residence.
They Immediately they began interior firefighting operations, including an aggressive search for the supposed victim. The fire crews were hampered by significant heat because the fire was being fed by gas coming from a damaged gas meter.
As the firefighting and search operations were taking place, the person thought to be missing was located on the exterior of the house and was determined to be unharmed.
Two other civilians suffered injuries because of the fire. One was transported to Riverside Regional Hospital suffering burn injuries. The other victim was treated at the scene for cuts from broken glass.
An “All Clear” was given at 12:20 p.m. and the fire was called “Under Control” at 12:35 p.m. At this time the fire is still under investigation.
There are no damage estimates available yet, but the entire interior of the home suffered heavy damage. The Red Cross was called and is assisting the family. Six people were displaced by the fire—two adults and four children.