Officials are now investigating what caused a house fire early Sunday morning in Powhatan.
Crews responded around 1:09 a.m. Sunday to the 1700 block of Genito Rally Drive. The home was engulfed in flames and water had to be shuttled in from a fire hydrant about a mile away on Route 60.
The blaze was so intense Powhatan fire crews had to request backup from Chesterfield and Amelia within one hour.
Xavier Keeton lives next door to the home and is good friends with the family who has lived there for more than two decades, he says both were at home sleeping when the fire broke out.
Thanks to alarms they made it out safely.
"All I could see was a red glow and when we got here we just saw the flames coming out of the back of the house and through this side of the garage here smoke and all was bellowing they had to cut into the roof," Keeton said.
We were told by fire officials that they had to cut the roof several times. It took the 25-to-30 firefighters nearly two hours to get the fire under control. Crews had to use four trucks to shuttle in water from a fire hydrant about a mile away.
Christina Lemaster who lives on the other side of the home says her family woke up to loud noises.
"We heard some explosions pops and pops and we didn't know what that was like little pops so we were kind of scared like should we take cover I don't know," Lemaster said.
Contractors worked Sunday afternoon to board up the home, now, a total loss. Xavier Keeton says his friends are coping with the loss of their home and values and the community is doing all they can to help them during this difficult time.
"We had them over this morning for breakfast made sure they had something to eat and could get warm and take a little time to give thanks and bottom line they are safe and sound," Keeton said.
The fire was marked under control about 3 a.m. Sunday.
Investigators say at this time the fire appears to be accidental.
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