SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Suffolk dispatcher lost her home and three dogs following an early morning fire, police say.
In a post on Facebook, Suffolk police said Barbara Hughes was on duty at the Emergency Communications Center when the fire happened — and dispatched the fire call herself.
City officials said firefighters responded to the 3100 block of Indian Trail around 1:30 a.m. Responding units found a fully-involved fire at her home.
Hughes has been a dispatcher for more than 20 years and told 10 On Your Side she never thought this would happen to her.
“I was telling my coworkers, ‘that’s my house.’ Then I kind of wasn’t sure,” Hughes said. “I was wishy-washy whether it was my house or the house in front of me or maybe it was just flames from a mile down the road. But I felt it. I felt it that it was my house.”
Firefighters marked the blaze under control shortly before 2:30 a.m., but Hughes’ home was destroyed. She lost three dogs and all of her belongings in the fire.
The post by Suffolk police included a link to a GoFundMe that was created to assist Hughes.
Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.