VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - A large fire in Virginia Beach ripped through a home on Bay Island on the Fourth of July. Battalion Chief Brian Taylor told WAVY.com the fire started just before 8 p.m. Crews were on scene on Lone Pine Road within minutes.
Taylor said the narrow streets on Bay Island made it difficult for firefighters to access the burning home. He said crews had to lay a lot of supply line and a fire boat helped extinguish the fire.
"There are really narrow roads there," said Battalion Chief Amy Valdez. "The crews that arrived on scene were planning for that en route. One of the first things that we did is we positioned the first engine in front of the house and we had our fire boat respond to the water side so we could attack from the rear as well."
At one point the flames were so big, firefighters had to pull out of the home because the roof was collapsing.
"There were times where, based on the conditions and parts of the roof collapsing in, we did have to back our crews out and hit it from the outside for a while," said Taylor.
Chris Dudley shot video of the arriving fire boats on his cell phone camera and told WAVY.com, "It was a sigh of relief to see those guys in action and get control over those flames."
Many people in Virginia Beach, especially around Shore Drive, told WAVY.com they could see the smoke from far away.
Bill Beigel could see the smoke rising above the tree line. He said, "As soon as we got back home, black, thick smoke, fire trucks started responding. And it just gets worse and worse and worse."
No one was injured in the Lone Pine Road fire. A family was displaced and a dog was rescued from the home.
Fire investigators spent a long time on scene trying to determine a cause. Valdez said the fire has been ruled accidental. Valdez said the cause appears to electrical in nature from a piece of equipment located behind the home.
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