CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) - Investigators have decided an early morning house fire in Norfolk Thursday was an accident.
Battalion Chief Mike Theibeault with the Chesapeake Fire Department said crews received multiple calls for a house fire in the 700 block of Stewart Street around 1:45 a.m. The vacant house was fully involved when crews arrived on scene at 1:52 a.m.
Firefighters worked to protect the homes on either side of the burning structure and occupants of those homes were evacuated while the fire was being put out. One of the adjacent homes received minor damage from the heat and the resident was allowed to return home shortly after the fire. The other structure received mild to moderate fire damage and the residents' whereabouts are unknown.
Crews conducted a thorough search of the house where the fire started and were unable to find anyone inside the structure.
The house was destroyed by the fire investigators say was caused by an unattended candle that lit a piece of furniture into flames. A relative of the property owner was occupying the home and was using candles for lighting because the home had now power as it was being renovated at the time.
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