1 seriously hurt in Portsmouth house fire

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — City crews spent Wednesday boarding up a Peach Street home after an early morning house fire.

One person suffered serious injuries in the blaze.

Portsmouth Fire Deputy Chief Jim Hoffler says 50 percent of the home is damaged.

Crews arrived on the scene at the home, just off Portsmouth Boulevard and Effingham Street, before 3 a.m. Wednesday.

Shirley Henderson was inside the home, asleep when the fire started. “I seen the smoke coming from out of there,” she said.

Hoffler says crews arrived to find flames shooting from the windows and the back door.  There was a victim trapped inside the home. Crews entered the home and were able to find the man and get him out of the three-bedroom house.

“He was still in there but they didn’t get him out the house right then. So he was still in there on the sofa,” Henderson said.

Hoffler said the victim firefighters rescued was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. The person’s injuries were considered serious.

Hoffler said the fire doesn’t appear to be criminal and they are still investigating the cause.

However Henderson and several others who lived there say they think a lit candle is to blame.

“The candle hit the sheet…and the whole house got caught in fire,” she said.

Six other adults are being helped by the Red Cross, according to Hoffler.

Fire marshals were on scene Wednesday morning investigating the fire.

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