Dog dies, two people escape from Hampton apartment fire

Posted at 10:12 AM, Mar 22, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-22 12:44:46-04

Hampton, Va. – Two people were forced from their home early Saturday morning after an apartment fire in Hampton.

Hampton firefighters say the fire started around 3 a.m. at an apartment on Mariners Cove Rd. Units arrived and found flames coming from the third floor balcony doorway.

We’re told the two residents smelled smoke and the smoke detector alerted them to the fire but they were not able to leave through the front door, so they had to escape from their balcony through the outside stairway.

One dog was found dead as a result of the fire.

Firefighters say the home was heavily damaged from fire, smoke and water throughout the apartment.

A fire investigator responded to the scene and determined the cause of the fire was due to ashes from incense falling into a trash can which ignited and spread to a couch.

The Red Cross was requested to assist the residents of the apartment.