VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - An 18-year-old woman pulled from a house fire in Virginia Beach has died from her injuries.
Firefighters were called to the home in the 1900 block of Millbrook Court in the Landstown Meadows section of Virginia Beach around 1:40 a.m. Wednesday and arrived to find the first and second floor fully engulfed in flames.
According to District Chief Michael Barakey, firefighters rescued a teenager from a bedroom in the back of the house. By the time they made it to her, she was unconscious and badly burned. Jade Alexis Mellenkamp was transported by EMS to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and pronounced dead later in the day.
WAVY.com spoke to a family friend of the Mellenkamps. Lisa White said the teenager was a happy-go-lucky girl. She graduated from Landstown High School in 2013. An administrator at the high school described her as a "wonderful girl."
"They used to have corn hole games in the back and hang out with their friends," said White. "And they were always a very happy family."
White woke up to Mellenkamp's younger brother yelling and screaming on Wednesday morning. She tells WAVY.com, the brother had always jumped off a mid-level roof on the house. His mother had just climbed out the window and was still on the roof.
"She got to her son's bedroom first and pushed him out the window," said White, who was the first person to run and help the family. "And when she tried to get to Jade, and she opened the bedroom door there was a wall of flames and it burned her. So she couldn't get to her daughter."
Battalion Chief Amy Valdez said Mellenkamp's passing is the sixth fire-related death in Virginia Beach this year. Mellenkamp's mother and brother, 15 years-old, were taken in a private vehicle to a hospital. One firefighter also had to go to the hospital for smoke inhalation. He was treated and released.
Two dogs were in the house; one dog died, while the other was given oxygen and survived.
Valdez said the fire started on the first floor.
Other neighbors WAVY.com spoke to are in shock.
"This neighborhood is so quiet and close-knit we just want to see if they need anything," said Latrina Holloway.
Investigators told WAVY's Anita Blanton there was not a smoke detector on the first floor of the home. There was one on the second floor, but investigators were not sure if it was working.
"Smoke detectors are critical, especially in the middle of the night, a fire of this sort," said Valdez.
Others who live nearby say it gave them a lot to consider.
"It makes you think about a lot of things," said Lee Tennis. "I have smoke detectors, but maybe I need to take other precautions."
A fund has been set up for Mellenkamp's funeral and to help the family in any way. Click here for more information.
Friends are also organizing a vigil, possibly for the upcoming weekend. The details have not been finalized.
Stay with WAVY.com for more details on this developing story.
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