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Suffolk firefighters battle two-alarm house fire

One person had to be treated for smoke inhalation, and a firefighter heat exhaustion as a result of fighting the fire in Whaleyville.

SUFFOLK, Va. — Suffolk Fire & Rescue crews battled a two-alarm house fire in Whaleyville Thursday morning. One firefighter had to be treated for heat exhaustion. Medics took another person to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Emergency dispatchers received a call about the fire in the 3500 block of Arthur Drive shortly after 5:45 a.m. 

The first crew arrived about 10 minutes later. Chief Michael Barakey said heavy flames were coming from the home.

A neighbor said her black lab dog named Bella alerted her to the fire.

Mary Capps explained, "She just raised so much noise and she knew something was wrong and dogs sense that."

Suffolk police were there to help. Part of the roadway was closed as crews continued to work the fire.

Battalion Chief Demetri Wilson said the fire was called under control at 8:03 a.m.

Two adults at the residence were displaced, and the home was declared a total loss. It is unknown at this time as to who will be providing assistance to the occupants. 

An occupant was taken to a local hospital for further medical evaluation. 

"There's a blessing out of this. He came out ok,” Capps said.

The Fire Marshal’s Office will be handling the investigation to determine the cause of the fire.

"There's no fire hydrants out here," Capps explained, "It was amazing to see and know that our city is well taken care of with our firefighters."

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