Five rescued from Suffolk house fire

Posted at 2:47 PM, Feb 22, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-22 20:37:51-05

Suffolk, Va. - Two police officers rescued five residents from a burning home on Friday.

According to the report, a police officer smelled smoke in the area of Lee Street in Suffolk. The officer quickly began investigating, and soon came upon a home with flames coming from underneath the house.

The officer reports the flames had started to shoot up an exterior wall in the Lee Street area of downtown Suffolk. The home is divided into an upstairs and downstairs apartment.

Officers immediately contacted dispatch at 8:18 a.m. to alert Suffolk Fire & Rescue to the scene, and then proceeded to do what they could to assist the residents. Banging on the front door, they were able to alert the sleeping downstairs occupants, and then proceeded upstairs to assist the second floor occupants.

The police officers were able to rescue three children, ages 7 months, 2 years old and 11-years-old, in addition to two elderly disabled adults from the first floor of the two-story home.

Suffolk Fire & Rescue arrived on the scene within three minutes and was able to quickly extinguish the fire.

The structure sustained minimal fire damage, but due to the nature of the fire, Dominion Virginia Power disconnected power from the residence.

A total of six adults and three children are currently being assisted by the Hampton Roads Chapter of the American Red Cross.

There were no injuries.