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Dogs rescued, six displaced following Portsmouth house fire

Six adults were able to get out safely, thanks to working smoke detectors.
Credit: Fire Chief James Hoffler

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WVEC) -- Six people are out of their home following a fire, but thankfully all are safe, including three family dogs.

Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services were called out to a residential fire in the 1300 block of Elm Avenue shortly before 8 a.m. That's in the Prentis Park neighborhood.

Arriving firefighters found heavy smoke and fire venting from a second-story window. All occupants made it out safely, thanks to working smoke detectors.

Firefighters were able to rescue three dogs from inside the house.

The fire was brought under control by 8:30. Six adults were displaced, and the Red Cross is assisting them.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.