NEWPORT NEWS Fire forced four families from their homes this weekend, but the Red Cross is ready to help.

It was a busy weekend for firefighters, with three fires in the northern end of the city.

Saturday around 5:31 p.m. crews responded to the 300 block of Summerlake Dr. The flames were contained to one room inside the home, causing about $15,000 in damage. The cause of this fire is under investigation.

Later Saturday night around 11 p.m., crews arrived at an apartment fire in the 300 block of Deputy Ln. Investigators say a child playing with a lighter in the bedroom started the fire.
The unit was destroyed by flames, and the Red Cross is providing shelter to the adult and four children who lived inside.

Sunday around 8 p.m., officials say a fire broke out a mobile home in the 200 block of Stardust Circle. The flames destroyed the mobile home, and a unit next door was also condemned from heat damage. Newport News acting chief Scott Liebold says someone left a cigarette near a couch. The Red Cross is helping the two families affected. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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