AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va -- Samantha Patterson went outside Tuesday night when she heard fire trucks coming down her street to fight a fire that destroyed one of her neighbors' homes.
“We came out on the porch and saw the smoke from behind the house here,” said Patterson.
Patterson lived half a mile away from the home but could still see the fire's devastation.
“We saw the smoke from here. I guess, the way the fire department had their lights on the house, you could see the smoke coming from the top of the hill behind us.”
A fire chief with Augusta County Fire Rescue said the fire started in the basement. It spread quickly and left a family without a home.
The fire caused extensive damage to the house, but some items were left behind, like a guitar, that reminded all who walked by of the family that was affected.
Patterson doesn't know the family, but she said that doesn't matter when a neighborhood faces a tragedy.
“Being a part of the community, you're always there for your neighbors. You always want to help people out. Being this time of the year, it's a sad loss for the family.”
The family made it out of their burning house safely and into a community ready to help its neighbors.
“If they need help, the community will reach out for them...I hope the community rallies together and is there for this family. We can be a better neighborhood.”
Firefighters from across the Valley helped fight the fire Tuesday night, including those from Weyers Cave, Augusta County and New Hope.
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