MIDLOTHIAN – A newspaper carrier making deliveries alerted residents to a fire at their home in the 1100 block of Starling Circle on Thursday, July 4.
All three residents were able to make it out of the structure without any injuries.
Firefighter responded to the call at 2:30 a.m.
“When Engine Two arrived, they found a body of fire against the garage door that had burned up toward the second floor. They were able to get it extinguished pretty quickly and get inside the house. The damage was contained pretty quickly,” Midlothian Fire Department Fire Marshal Kevin Lucia said. “The fire did get inside the wall up above the garage. Most of the damage was confined to heat and smoke damage inside the garage. There was a little bit of structural damage inside the wall of the house.”
Lucia said residents did attempt to put out the fire with a garden hose but were unsuccessful.
The fire started inside two plastic trash cans that had been pushed up against the garage door. The exact cause of the fire is unknown because the contents inside the cans were destroyed in the fire, Lucia said.
No injuries were reported. Units cleared the scene at about 4 a.m. and returned to the station.
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