Portsmouth firefighters battle early morning fire

Elm Ave house fire (Lavoy Harrell/WAVY-TV)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Portsmouth firefighters were called to a working fire in the 2300 block of Elm Ave. just after 4 a.m. Tuesday.

When crews arrived, smoke and flames were showing through the roof of the structure.

Photos: Vacant house burns in Portsmouth

Firefighters blocked Elm Avenue at Palmer Street and Fillmore Street while they worked to get the fire under control.

According to Battalion Chief Pittman with Portsmouth Fire Rescue and Emergency Services, the home was vacant at the time of the fire.

The homeowner tells WAVY.com, she and her father were working in the house about one week ago, but they haven’t been there since. The two were preparing to rent out the home to a tenant. According to the homeowner, she says the house did have fire insurance.

One house next door to the structure was damaged when the heat from the fire caused the siding on the house to melt.

27 firefighters were on scene helping to put out the fire and there are no reports of injuries to firefighters or civilians.

Investigators are working to determine a cause of this fire.

Stay with WAVY.com for more on this developing story.

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