CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -
Charlottesville fire crews are investigating a house fire called in just before 3:20 Friday morning.
The fire happened in the 500 block of 12th Street.
Charlottesville's Fire Chief Charles Werner says only one person was in the home at the time, and she was able to get out safely without injuries.
A person who tried to help an older woman inside the home was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene and then released.
Neighbors gathered to watch as fire crews busted out windows and worked to contain the blaze.
“Upon arrival, we had heavy fire conditions in the rear of the structure,” said Werner. “We believe that was the origin of the fire and then again, [there were] heavy smoke conditions throughout the structure.”
A neighbor who lives down the block says he woke up and thought his house was on fire because there was so much smoke in the area.
Damages to the home are expected to be heavy.
The fire marshal is now investigating the cause of the fire.
The woman who was saved from inside the home and her dog will both be relocated with the help of the Red Cross.
Neighbors say the older woman lived in the two story house with her daughter.
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