Busy day: Newport News crews respond to 4 fires, 3 accidents in 90 minutes

(WAVY/Lavoy Harrell)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Within an hour and a half, the Newport News Fire Department responded to four fires and three accidents in the north end of the city Friday.

Fire officials say it all started at 12:40 p.m., when units were called to a shed fire in the 200 block of Eastwood Drive. When firefighters arrived on scene, they found the shed engulfed in flames. No one reported injuries. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Three minutes later, at 12:43 p.m., a house fire was reported in the 100 block of Clipper Drive. When crews arrived, fire was visible in the single-story home’s attached garage and kitchen area. Two people were home at the time of the fire. Both were treated at the scene by medics and were released. The garage suffered heavy fire damage, while the home had heavy smoke damage throughout. This fire remains under investigation.

At 2:01 p.m., firefighters responded to an apartment fire in the 13000 block of Aqueduct Drive. Once on scene, firefighters reported light smoke coming from the second level of the apartment building. When crews got into the apartment, they found a smoldering mattress in the upper level bedroom. Two children and an adult were home at the time. The owner of the apartment was taken to the hospital for symptoms of smoke inhalation. Fire officials say the fire was started by children playing with matches.

The fire department was called to a kitchen fire in an apartment in the 100 block of Abbey Court at 2:05 p.m. Units arrived on scene to find light smoke and burned materials on the stove. One person was home at the time of the fire, but was not treated or taken to the hospital. The cause of the fire was determined to be unattended cooking. The stove was unplugged and no one was displaced.