Pet dies, firefighters treated for heat exhaustion after 2-alarm Poquoson house fire

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Posted at 11:30 PM, Jul 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-27 23:30:10-04

POQUOSON, Va. - A house fire in Poquoson resulted in the death of a family pet and caused two firefighters to be treated for heat exhaustion Monday night.

Firefighters with the Poquoson Fire Department responded to the home in the 20 block of Woodland road just after 7 p.m., arriving on scene to find heavy fire in the back of the house.

No one was home at the time of the fire, but one pet did die despite firefighters' attempts to resuscitate it.

Two firefighters, one with the Hampton Fire Department and one Poquoson firefighter, were taken to the hospital to be treated for heat exhaustion.

Poquoson Battalion Chief Joseph Breeden told News 3 he initially called for a second alarm when he first arrived on scene; not for the size of the fire, but because of the heat advisory.

Fire officials from both Hampton and York County responded to help Poquoson firefighters.

A Virginia State Police investigator was called to handle the investigation.

Breeden said initial reports indicated there was some type of explosion before the fire, but he said they haven't confirmed those reports yet.

He said the fire happened in a close-knit neighborhood and the residents helped each other out during the incident.

The fire was called out at 8:25 p.m.

Officials do not believe the fire is suspicious at this time.

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