NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Newport News Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire that destroyed multiple sheds in the first block of Richland Drive Friday afternoon.
The call came in shortly before 3 p.m. The first unit to arrive at the scene found a large detached shed in the backyard in flames.
The fire extended to three additional buildings.
While battling the fire, crews also conducted a search and rescue of the shed and structures that were exposed. No victims were found and no injuries were reported.
Authorities called the fire under control at 3:27 p.m. The sheds suffered significantly damaged and were considered total losses. The main residence was not affected.
The cause of the fire was said to be due to a malfunctioning lawn mower that ignited leaves around the building.
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