Early morning Danville house fire under investigation

Firefighters responded to the 100 block of White Street around 4:15

DANVILLE, Va. – An early morning house fire remains under investigation.

Around 4:15 a.m., Danville firefighters were called to a home in the 100 block of White Street.

Danville Fire Department battalion chief Brian Alderson said they found smoke coming out of the front door and smoke and flames coming out of the back of the house.

"The fire quickly extended to the attic and came through the roof. It also extended over and damaged the house to the left side a little bit. We got documents out of that house," Alderson said.

The woman who lives in the home that caught fire had already gotten out and was not hurt.

The homeowner's sister, Latahia Williams, said she came to the scene after getting a panicked call from her sister.

"I was half asleep, so I really didn't know what she said. She just kept saying 'My house, Tahia! My house! It's gone,'" Williams said.

Neighbor Queen Lipford said the fire woke her up.

"I heard a commotion and I came out to see what was going on. There was some fire coming from the back of the house," Lipford said.

Williams said the fire is believed to be the result of an electrical problem with a light fixture.

As of 7 a.m., although the fire had been put out firefighters had not been able to go into the home and begin investigating because there was still too much heat from the fire.

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