DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — While working to extinguish a late night structure fire that injured four people and caused heavy damage to a Danville house, first responders still managed to rescue three pets from the flames.
According to the Danville Fire Department’s statement released the morning of Sunday, Sept. 13, crews responded to a report of a structure fire at 11:47 p.m. with possible victims trapped inside.
When the first crew arrived at the single-story, medium-sized house at 128 American Legion Boulevard, the department says they found heavy smoke showing throughout the house, as well as fire coming from the roof and the bedroom windows.
Crews entered the house to search for any trapped occupants, but fire officials say neighboring family members helped three occupants out of the house before crews arrived after their child heard the smoke alarm when he came to visit.
The department says one person suffered minor injuries — which did not require hospitalization for additional treatment — but the Danville Life Saving Crew treated three occupants who sustained significant injuries and then transported them to the hospital.
In addition, fire department personnel reportedly managed to rescue three pets from the fire.
Firefighters tracked the fire to the bedroom and extinguished it, but the house still sustained heavy smoke and fire damage, fire officials say.
According to the fire department, crews remained on scene until 3:25 a.m. after a total of 19 personnel, three engines, one ladder, and four support vehicles who responded to the structure fire.
The cause of the fire is reportedly under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s office.