CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) - Chesapeake firefighters responded to a call for a house fire just after midnight Friday morning in the 600 block of Rutherford Drive.
According to Battalion Chief Barry Jennings with the Chesapeake Fire Department, residents woke up to the sound of their smoke detector, evacuated the home and called the fire department.
Units arrived on scene and found a fire in one of the bedrooms and the single-family home filled with smoke.
Firefighters worked quickly to put the fire out and were able to contain the fire to one bedroom.
There is heavy smoke damage throughout the home and the family lost one dog, one cat and one bird in the fire.
Investigators have determined the cause of the fire to be an electrical outlet in the bedroom.
The family is staying with family members in the area.
Battalion Chief Jennings credits the working smoke detector for saving the lives of residents. He stresses the importance of making sure homeowners make sure their smoke detectors are working properly.
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