HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) – Two adults and six children were displaced after “careless smoking” caused their home to catch fire late Wednesday night, according to the Hampton Fire Department.
According to Assistant Chief Jeff Pereira with Hampton Fire and Rescue, dispatchers received a 911 call at 11:46 p.m. for a working fire on Booker Street.
When crews arrived, there was heavy fire showing in the front of the one-story house and through the roof.
“Heavy fire was observed venting from some of the front windows of the residence. The fire had advanced into the attic space. A large portion of the roof structure was destroyed as a result of this incident,” Pereira said.
Firefighters were able to contain the flames to the home where the fire started.
The residents of the home were able to safely get out of the house before firefighters arrived and have requested assistance from the American Red Cross.
The Hampton Fire Marshal’s office investigated and determined the fire started between the cushions of a couch, due to careless smoking. The fire has been ruled accidental, Pereira said.