SUFFOLK, VA. (WAVY) A fire in downtown Suffolk Sunday morning displaced one person and left several other residents without power.
Suffolk fire crews responded to the 300 block of Cedar Street around 9:30 a.m. after a person saw smoke coming from a neighbor’s house when he went to see what caused a loud noise outside.
The person who called the Fire Department woke the people sleeping inside the home, who were able to get out unharmed. The good Samaritan then attempted to put the fire out with a fire extinguisher with the help with another neighbor.
Fire investigators determined that three transformers had blown in the area causing the panel box at the home to catch fire.
When Firefighters arrived four minutes after receiving the call, they put the fire out using fire extinguishers because the panel box was still live with electricity and water could not be used, according to a press release from the Suffolk Fire Department.
No injuries were reported but the person who lived in the home was displaced and is being assisted by the Red Cross.
Dominion Power is investigating what caused the three transformers to blow. Residents in the 300 block of Cedar Street should expect to be without power for several hours, according to the release. A Fire Marshal is investigating the fire.