Two People Displaced by Early Morning Fire

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

A fire can become life threatening in just two minutes.  In five minutes, a home can be engulfed in flames and in Virginia Beach this morning it took less than three minutes.

The VBFD was dispatched to a residential fire in the 3000 block of Watergate Lane just before 5:30 this morning.  The first units arrived on the scene in less than 3-minutes and heavy smoke and fire was already visible outside the home.  The two occupants of the home told Virginia Beach Fire Investigators that they were alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm.  Investigators believe that smoke alarm was the difference between life and death in this case.

Although the fire was brought under control in just under 30-minutes, firefighters remained on the scene for two hours before the blaze was declared out.  21-firefighters responded to this incident.  No one was injured but the two occupants of the home have been displaced. The fire is believed to be accidental in nature although the exact cause remains under investigation. 

The Virginia Beach Fire Department reminds everyone to ensure that they have at least one working smoke alarm in their house and that you check the batteries in your smoke alarms at least once a month.  We also encourage you to close all bedroom doors at night to reduce the risk of a fire spreading throughout your home.  Make sure to extinguish any candles before going to bed and if you are using a kerosene space heater, turn it off before going to bed as well.

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