Early morning house fire drives resident from home in Petersburg

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PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — On Friday morning, Petersburg firefighters responded to a house fire on 8th street.

The call came just before 4 a.m., and when crews arrived on scene they saw flames leaping from the front windows of a single-family house. According to a press release form the fire department, crews had the blaze under control in under 45 minutes.

There were no injuries reported at this time, but the Red Cross was called in to help one resident displaced by the fire.

Stephanie Harper, the daughter of the man whose home burned down, said she had been in contact with the fire chief, but that her father has not yet been contacted by the Red Cross.

Harper said her father was a veteran, who had received assistance from Virginia Supportive Housing. She added that they intended to go to the hospital so he could receive an evaluation, and that neighbors had been kind enough to take him in from the cold this morning.

An investigation of the fire is underway, but at this time the investigators believe the fire was accidental.

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