NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Two dogs died in a house fire early Saturday morning, according to the Newport News Fire Department.
Firefighters responded to the fire on the 800 block of Cheyenne Drive just before 3 a.m to find smoke and fire shooting out of the home, said Battalion Chief Robert Lee.
It took about 30 minutes to get the fire under control, and investigators were on the scene for hours afterward.
The Red Cross is helping the two people who lived in the home. Neither they nor any firefighters were hurt.
Lee said the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but he included a reminder about properly working smoke alarms in a news release about the fire.
“The Newport News Fire Department wants to reiterate the lifesaving value of properly installed and operable smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in the home,” he wrote in the release.
Homeowners in need of a free smoke alarm in Newport News can call the “Smoke Detector Hotline” at 757-926-8009 or visit the fire department’s website.