VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – A family of eight has been displaced after their home sustained heavy smoke and fire damage on Monday morning.
Dispatchers say the call for service came in at 3:26 a.m. from the 5000 block of Goolagong Drive, in the Level Green section of the city.
Fire units responded within five minutes and found heavy fire showing. Crews were able to get the fire under control within 20 minutes.
The home is now bearing a red sticker that it’s unsafe to enter.
Phillip Price saw the commotion down the street but was unsure of what was happening in the darkness.
“Saw fire trucks come out. A ladder truck. They had lights on the building. We couldn’t really see any smoke, any flame or anything just knew some activity was going on,” he said.
At first he thought it was a medical situation, but the damage became clear as the sun rose.
“It’s not a good way to bring in the year. I saw all the destruction at the upper level of the house. I can even see the frame of their house. It’s not pretty. Sad way to bring in the new year,” Price said.
Although he didn’t hear anything, two neighbors told 10 On Your Side they heard what sounded like an explosion at the home.
One neighbor said she was awakened by sounds of banging on her door. Her neighbors had come for help.
She sheltered the children and called 911.
There were no injuries, but Battalion Chief Jeff Smith said five adults and three children are displaced. They will be assisted by the Red Cross.
Price says he’s lived in his home 40 years but has never seen anything like this nearby.
Now he’s planning to do what he can to assist.
“It’s just sad that this happened at the new year for them. All I can do is go see if I can help and go send prayer up for them,” Price said.
The cause of the fire is being investigated.