UPDATE: Two firefighters hurt in Portsmouth house fire

Posted at 6:39 AM, Jan 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-08 17:27:59-05

Portsmouth, Virginia - Fire officials are investigating a house fire in the 60 block of Elm Avenue.

Dispatchers say the fire was reported around 5:15am.

When crews arrived, there were heavy flames coming from the back of the home.

Two firefighters were hurt. Portsmouth's Deputy Fire Chief Jim Hoffler says one of them was taken to the hospital for dehydration. The other was taken to the hospital after seriously hurting his leg.

"He was one of the firefighters with the rescue company that went in first," Hoffler said. " He was at the top of the stairs operating a hose line, and those hose lines can get heavy. It got twisted on him somehow and he injured his leg."

A rescue team standing outside rushed in to get the injured firefighter. Hoffler says both of the firefighters are already out of the hospital.

Six people were inside the home at the time of the fire and all made it out safely.

Fire officials have not determined the cause of the fire.

Jackie Morlock, NewsChannel 3