HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) – Hampton firefighters responded to a residential structure fire on Atlantic Avenue, Saturday afternoon.
Chief Mick Barilla with Hampton Fire and Rescue said the call came in at 2:12 p.m.
“This one here really had a jump on the guy’s before we got there,” said Chief Barilla. “It was really burning hot.”
Neighbor Winnie Carpenter said she saw the smoke from her window across the street. She thought it was coming from another neighbor’s home and went to warn them before realizing the flames were instead consuming the house next door.
“We ran across the yard. He was banging on the door. I was yelling for him to come out because his house was on fire. Everything, the smoke was coming and the glass was breaking, it was getting bad,” she said.
Carpenter says the man inside was sleeping when the fire started. She’s thankful they were able to get him out in time.
“If I hadn’t gone over there, it would have been a different situation. It would’ve been too late, I’m afraid. I’m glad I’m doing what I’m doing,” she said. “I’m so happy he’s safe and out of the home.”
The fire was out within an hour and there were no reported injuries. Fire officials are also thankful and encourage others to also help out in similar situations.
“The funny thing is if the neighbor sees smoke, they always assume someone else is called it in,” said Chief Barilla. “So if you see smoke, go ahead and call it in even if five people already called it in. It gives us a heads up.”
The Red Cross was called to the assist.
The cause is still under investigation.