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13 people without a home after early Saturday morning fire

Fire officials believer it was started by a furnace in the basement

LYNCHBURG, Va. – An early Saturday morning fire left 13 people displaced, according to the Lynchburg Fire Department.

The fire broke out around 1 a.m. in the 1000 block of Fourth Street.

Interim Fire Chief Greg Wormser said the flames spread quickly due to the home's "balloon frame."

A furnace in the basement is believed to have caused the fire, according to fire officials.

While working to put out the fire, the cold temperatures made the water freeze to ground which forced crews to close a portion of the road.

The Red Cross is now helping the five children and eight adults.