PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – A woman was taken to the hospital with serious injuries following a residential structure fire Wednesday afternoon in Portsmouth.
According to Portsmouth Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services, the call for the fire came in around 2:20 p.m. in the 1000 block of Warfield Drive in the Cavalier Manor area. Officials say there was a report of one person trapped inside the home.
When crews arrived on the scene, they found heavy black smoke coming from the front of the house, as well as flames coming from the rear of the house.
“The smoke was engulfing the whole house,” said neighbor Thomasina Tabron.
Officials say an elderly woman was rescued from the living area of the home. She was treated by paramedics and transported to a local hospital with serious conditions. A primary search of the residence did not yield any additional occupants.
The house sustained heavy smoke and fire damage that has left it uninhabitable. PFRES has initiated the Red Cross, to assist the two occupants who lived in the residence but were not home at the time of the fire.
Neighbors also tell 10 On Your Side’s Michelle Wolf that people called for help after they saw smoke coming from the home and one man was prepared to go inside the home to rescue the woman.
“I opened the door and I was going to go in and save her but it was too smoky,” said Breyon McMuren.
Fortunately both the Portsmouth and Chesapeake fire departments pulled up and quickly rescued the woman inside. The homeowner, neighbors say, is in her 60s and is well-known in the area. Her family has lived in Portsmouth for decades.
“They’ve been in this neighborhood forever, at least 50 years,” said neighbor Liz Guerrero.
Guerrero who lives across the street from the house that caught fire says everyone on the block knows each other and looks out for one another. Many have lived in their homes for multiple generations.
“They’re good people, very good people and this is a close-knit block. We all look out for each other,” Guerrero explained.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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