One dead, family displaced after Hanover house fire

One dead, family displaced after early-morning house fire

HANOVER, Va. (WWBT) - One person has died and a family is displaced after a house fire in Hanover on Saturday morning.

Hanover Fire Department responded to 1094 Maple St. around 6 a.m. with heavy fire showing from the residence.

When crews arrived, three individuals had made it out of the house safely. Officials said they had working smoke detectors which helped them get out.

One person was trapped inside the home and died in the fire. No age or gender has been determined at this time.

“Crews entered the structure and were able to locate and found the individual who was deceased at that time,” said a fire official.

By 7 a.m., the fire was brought under control. All individuals, including the person who died, are believed to be related.

“The flames were a good 10 feet higher than the roof of the house right here,” said Rob Tidwell. “That’s the worst fear, starting over.”

Tidwell lives nearby and says he was startled awake as crews battled the flames. He says his family has experienced losing everything in a fire.

“The first thing I thought of was my Mom That’s her biggest fear is a house fire because she lost everything when her apartment burned down before I was born,” Tidwell said. “My condolences go out to the family and I’m sorry to hear that I’m sorry for your loss if you need anything. If there’s anything we can do to help don’t hesitate to ask.”

Red Cross is assisting the family. The cause of the fire is still being determined,

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