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Seven people escape burning home in Newport News

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Posted at 11:08 AM, Mar 27, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-27 13:05:04-04

Newport News, Va. – Seven people were affected by a house fire in Newport News Wednesday morning, fire officials tell NewsChannel 3.

Firefighters responded to the scene of a two-story house fire in the 900 block of 12th Street. Crews arrived on scene at 10:09 a.m. Smoke was seen coming out of the burning home.

Firefighters say the fire was contained to the basement, and appears to have started in the area of the panel box.

There was smoke damage to the home. All occupants made it out of the home before fire crews arrived. Seven people were affected.

The Newport News Fire Department will install free smoke alarms for any Newport News homeowner. Please call the “Smoke Detector Hotline” at 926-8009 to arrange, or visit the website at http://www.nngov.com/fire.