VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Two people are being treated for serious injuries after an intense house fire Saturday morning.
Firefighters rushed to the call in the 200 block of Victoria Drive just after 4:30 a.m., according to a spokesperson for the department.
When crews arrived on scene, officials say a woman standing outside told them a man was still inside the burning house.
Firefighters entered the home through a bedroom window and found the man unconscious but still breathing. They were able to pull him from the home.
Both victims were taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital to be treated for burns and smoke inhalation. The fire department tells WAVY.com the two people were listed in critical condition much of Saturday but doctors upgraded the female’s condition to serious.
One of the family’s two dogs inside the home at the time of fire died. Crews were able to rescue one dog and provide oxygen to the animal before taking it to a veterinarian for treatment.
“From what I know, the entire house is torn a part,” said neighbor Gabrielle West. “They had an addition on the house put in 15 years ago … the addition is gone.”
One of the dogs’ barking alerted the residents to the fire, according to a department spokesperson.
Investigators initially indicated a space heater may have caused the fire, but later said although the fire was accidental, it’s unlikely a space heater started it.
Stay with WAVY.com for updates on this developing story.