Family of 8 displaced by Hopewell house fire

Family of 8 displaced by Hopewell house fire
Hopewell house fire (Source: NBC12)
Hopewell house fire (Source: NBC12)

HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) - A family of eight is left with nothing, after a fire ripped through their home in Hopewell. Flames shot out of the house on Allen Avenue, Wednesday night. Thankfully, no one was hurt. However, investigators are now trying to pinpoint what caused the massive flames.

Diane Jamison lives next door, and took pictures of the immense fire shooting through the windows.

"I saw the house in flames. And the only thing I could say was, 'Oh my God,'" said Jamison.

Firefighters say the family was in the backyard, when they noticed the smoke at about 8:30 p.m.. The flames quickly consumed the home, making it difficult for crews to even get into the house.

"We had to make a defensive attack by knocking the fire down before we made entry into the front door," said Hopewell Fire Battalion Chief Ronnie Ellis.

The family, with dozens of onlookers, watched as everything they owned burned.

"The lady was crying. I mean, she was really crying, because she said she lived there for 19 years," continued Jamison.

"The gentleman (who lives in the home)... cuts grass for a lot of people in the neighborhood. He's so helpful to different people in the neighborhood," said another neighbor who saw the fire, John Johnson.

Firefighters say the house can't be salvaged, nor most anything inside it. The local Red Cross is helping the family with a place to stay, food, and clothing.

The Red Cross is providing the family food, clothing, shelter and a place to stay. They will continue to follow up with the family in the days to come as they try to re-stabilize their lives.

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