SUFFOLK, Va. - Eight adults and three children were displaced from their homes after an early Sunday morning fire at a duplex in Suffolk.
According to Suffolk Fire & Rescue, the department received a call for the fire at 1:21 a.m., and units arrived at the scene in the 300 block of Hill Street five minutes later.
First-arriving crews found a two-story duplex with active fire in the walls on the first floor. The home sustained minor smoke and fire damage to the first floor.
No injuries were reported to firefighters or civilians.
The fire's cause is currently being investigated by the Fire Marshal's Office. They say the fire began in the wall of the home.
A man living on the first floor of the duplex told News 3 that he is grateful that his upstairs neighbor alerted him of the fire because he was asleep.
A few hours before this fire there was a chimney fire on Harewood Lane. Fortunately, no one was hurt in either of those.
A battalion chief with the Suffolk Fire Department said they normally see more fires in the wintertime with people trying to stay warm, using different heating sources.
Fire officials stress that working smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors save lives, as well as an escape plan.
The American Red Cross is working with the tenants of the duplex to provide them with temporary housing.