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Red Cross helps 6 displaced in NN fire

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882 days ago   Article ID# 1510142
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PORTSMOUTH, VIRGINIA (WAVY-TV) - The American Red Cross is assisting a family of six Tuesday morning after a fire completely destroyed their Newport News apartment.

Scott W. Liebold, Acting Fire Chief for the Newport News Fire Department, said firefighters responded to a two-story apartment building in the 1200 block of Ivy Lane just before 5 a.m. and found heavy smoke coming from the first floor.

The apartment was completely destroyed, displacing one woman and five children ages one, two, four, six and eight. Adjoining apartments suffered some smoke damage, but those residents were not displaced, Liebold said.

Eve Robinson, Development Coordinator for the American Red Cross Coastal Virginia Region, said the Red Cross' Disaster Action Team responded to the home around 7 a.m.

At this time, the Red Cross is helping the family with food, infant formula, a crib and clothing, Robinson said.

Fire investigators believe the cause of the fire was combustible material left on the gas stove in the kitchen. Liebold added there were smoke detectors in the home but the woman did not hear them. Instead, Liebold said she woke up when she smelled smoke and was able to get herself and the children out of the house safely.

"Smoke detectors save lives," Liebold said. "Test your detectors monthly and follow the manufacturer's instructions on when and if to change the batteries. The NNFD will install free smoke detectors for any Newport News homeowner. Please call the 'Smoke Detector Hotline' at 757-926-8009."

No one was injured in the fire.

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Updated 882 days ago   Article ID# 1510142

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