Fire Displaces Family of Three in Grottoes

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

GROTTOES, Va. -- A fire that started at 1 a.m. displaced a family of three in Grottoes. Relatives of the homeowners said they think the fire may have been caused by electrical issues.

Grottoes volunteer fire fighters are hopeful that they can recover some things from the remains of the home on the 3700 block of East Side Highway once it stops burning. Firefighters said the family has met with Red Cross members, who will help them with shelter.

Smoke is visible from at least a mile and a half away. Down the road, tankers filled up with more water by the Food Lion in Grottoes.

Family members said a couple lives there with a son. He was home alone and discovered smoke rising from the floor when he went to take his dog out.

Firefighters worked to put out the fire as the roof continued to collapse in pieces.

Multiple fire departments responded bringing more than 40 firefighters along.

Their major goal was to get as much water as they could to the home.

The state police fire investigator has examined the scene and said the cause is undetermined. Volunteer fire fighter Chandler Hardy said that's because there is too much damage at this point.

"As you can see the roof has collapsed so for the most part it's a loss hopefully there are some things that the family can salvage but I'm unable to determine that without getting closer," said Chandler Hardy with the Grottoes Fire Department.

They will be leaving some hoses behind as they monitor the home throughout the day.

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