HAMPTON, Va. — No one is hurt after a car crashed into a Michael's Woods home and caused a large fire in Hampton on Wednesday.
The Hampton fire officials tweeted about the fire in the 300 block of Manning Lane just after 3 p.m.
Hampton Battalion Chief Bruce Wilds told 13News Now that fire crews were called to the home around 2:40 p.m. and the fire was knocked out by 4:09 p.m.
The homeowner, who was the only person inside at the time, was able to get out safely. The driver of the vehicle also made it out and did not need to be taken to the hospital, Wilds said.
The driver was later charged with reckless driving and failure to maintain control of a vehicle. However, the cause of the crash is still under investigation, according to a Hampton police spokesman.
13News Now briefly spoke with the homeowner, who said she was doing OK despite the circumstances. She recalled feeling the house shake and then going outside to find the man's car, with him still inside, wedged into her home.
Car into home causes massive fire in Hampton
Wilds said the house is a total loss. Fire crews from Newport News were called to assist Hampton firefighters.
Neighbor Bobby Miller told 13News Now he was in North Carolina when it all happened.
"Turned around to come all the way home to see this, it was kind of devastating," Miller said. His home was also lightly damaged by the flames.
"Right now, it just seems like it's just siding and maybe some plywood," he said.
Neighbors Miller and Tammy Patel shared that their hearts go out to the homeowner who lost everything.
"She's got a lot of options. She can stay at my house, she can stay at other neighbors' houses," said Patel. "Thank God that she is doing good. That's all. And she came out. She's very strong."
"She knows that we got her back if she needs anything, she's more than welcome. We've got an extra bedroom," Miller added.