PORTSMOUTH -- Fire swept through the shipyard commander's house on Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth.

Crews from the Portsmouth Fire Department and the yard are battling the flames that were shooting through the roof of the two-story brick home when they arrived around 2:10 a.m.

The home, called Quarters A, which faces Lincoln Street, was being readied for the new commander, but no one was living there when the fire started, officials said. It was built in 1837 and is on the National Register of Historic Landmarks.

One Navy firefighter was experiencing shortness of breath from fighting the fire so he was evaluated at the scene and taken to the hospital.

Crews remain on the scene watching for hot spots and flare ups; the fire was officially out at 4:50 a.m.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Officials tell us that Gate 3 to the shipyard, which is used by about 1,500 vehicles, and Lincoln Street was closed until about 6:15 a.m.

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