Woman’s home of 68 years burns down

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – Fire destroyed Wilson and Flossie Lewis’s home at 625 Center Street in Newport News just before 9 a.m. Thursday.

Firefighters got the call at 8:40 a.m. By the time they arrived at 8:45 a.m., the house was engulfed in flames. They battled heavy smoke and fire for a half an hour before getting it under control.

The Lewises were at work when the fire started.

“I thank God neither one of us was there,” said Flossie Lewis. “It’s just a material thing, it’s going to be an inconvenience, but I’m just glad I had good insurance, and they’re going to take care of it, and the Lord’s going to take care of the rest.”

Flossie’s parents moved into the home when she was six months old, and she’s never moved in her 68 years.

“This is just like a sentimental thing to me,” she said. “We’ll have something better than we had before, and some things, you think they’re a curse, but they turn out to be a blessing.”

Part of Jefferson Avenue was closed to traffic for about an hour to allow firefighters to access water.

Battalion Chief Jack Carper with the Newport News Fire Department said the home was so badly damaged, firefighters have not yet been able to determine a cause or location of where the fire started. The Newport News Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire, but it is not considered suspicious.

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