NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - A firefighter injured his knee battling a blaze in the East End of Newport News Saturday morning.
Fire crews responded to the 900 block of 17th Street around 12:30 a.m. and found a two-story home engulfed in flames, according to a press release from the Newport News Fire Department.
Once on the scene, firefighters learned that the man who lived the home was able to escaped the flames before crews arrived.
While crews were battling the flames, a firefighter injured his knee while trying to get a hose inside the burning home. He was taken to Riverside Hospital where he was treated and released. There were no civilian injuries.
The blaze was brought under control in about an hour, according to the release.
Fire investigators say the fire was started by combustible materials being too close to a space heater.
The damage to the home was extensive and the man who lived there was displaced, according to the press release. He did not need assistance from the Red Cross.
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