STAUNTON -- An early-morning fire destroyed a vacant house in Staunton Thursday morning. Two homes beside the house also were damaged by the flames.
According to fire officials, it was around 3 a.m. when the vacant house at 26 Lake Avenue caught fire.
The fire is now under investigation.
It took firefighters nearly four hours to put out the blaze.
No one was hurt. Neighbors said the house had been empty since Friday.
The fingers of the flames reached beyond the empty house, breaking the window and melting the shutters on the house next door, where Hoyet and Emma Berry live.
They said they were shaken up after their early-morning visit from police.
"He said 'Get dressed,' 'Y'all get dressed and get out, get out as fast as you can. 'Cause it might get your house,'" Emma Berry said.
"It did get us," Hoyet Berry said. "Some of it."
The fire department said it will be at least a day or two before they know what caused the fire.
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