Crews extinguish Virginia house fire
No injuries were reported; occupants of the house were able to get out safely.
Smoke and flames could be seen coming outside of a house fire in Virginia's southside Monday afternoon. The fire at 1402 11th St. S. was extinguished as of 6:45 p.m. according to Virginia Fire Chief Allen Lewis. He said a neighbor called in the fire around 5 p.m.
"They said they could see flames on the outside of the house," Lewis said. "Upon our arrival we did find the house, indeed, on fire. All occupants had been evacuated from the structure and it was undertaken for an aggressive interior attack."
There were no reports of injuries as of Monday evening, according to the Northland FireWire website.
Firefighters from several Iron Range communities responded to the fire including Virginia, Mountain Iron, Eveleth, Gilbert and Fayal fire departments. The Pike-Sandy-Brit Fire Department provided standby at the Virginia Fire Hall.
The Virginia Fire Marshal was on the scene and will investigate the cause of the fire. Lewis said a damage estimate would be included in the fire marshal's report, but called the damage "moderate to significant" especially in the attic area of the house.
"It's been a busy day, nobody was hurt and it's under investigation," Lewis said.
This story was updated at 7:15 p.m. June 22 with additional information from the Virginia Fire Department. It was originally posted at 6:13 p.m June 22.