A newspaper carrier spotted a house on fire in Scott County early Sunday morning while delivering papers.
Roger Carter, chief of Duffield Fire and Rescue, said the call came in Sunday shortly before 6 a.m. of a single-family dwelling on fire at 2463 Purchase Ridge Road in Duffield.
In addition to Duffield Fire and Rescue, the Gate City Fire Department, Virginia State Police and Scott County Sheriff's Office also responded.
“No one was home at the time. Upon arrival, (the fire) was already through the roof,” Carter said, adding that the home was destroyed.
Carter said one firefighter suffered from minor heat exhaustion.
Although house fires often happen in the cold weather months because of heat sources, Carter reminded folks a fire can happen any time of the year, and smoke detectors need to always be kept in working order.
“Fires do happen in summer months. A few years back we had more house fires in June and July than we did in December and January. The danger is still there. It’s often lightning strikes that cause house fires in the summer months. But you also have to watch out for other causes in your home, such as candles or stoves,” he said.
Carter said the cause and origin of Sunday's fire is still under investigation.