Family displaced after fire destroys home in Newport News

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – Firefighters responded to a two-story single family house fire in the 100 block of Corinthia Drive, Saturday afternoon.

Emergency dispatchers received the call around 1:45 p.m. and units arrived shortly after. One of the residents of the home told the Newport News Fire Department that he heard an explosion in the garage. When he went to see what happened, he saw that the garage was on fire. The man yelled to his wife and she was able to exit the home.

“It started in the garage area then spread up the adjoining wall that also is included with the inside of the residence,” Battalion Chief William Shelton said. “It spread up to the second floor.”

When crews arrived, they found heavy flames coming from the home. The fire extended from the garage into the walls of the home as well as into the attic. Firefighters had the fire under control at 2:52 p.m.

No injuries were reported.

“The home is condemned at this point insurance companies have been notified and they’ll do some follow up investigations,” Shelton said.

The residents of the home are displaced due to the extent of damage to the home. The Red Cross has been contacted for assistance.

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