Virginia Beach firefighters were dispatched to a residential fire in the 3000 block of Watergate Lane, in Kings Grant, just before 5:30 a.m., today.
Arriving on the scene in less than three minutes, heavy smoke and fire was already visible outside the home.
The home's two occupants told Virginia Beach fire investigators that they were alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm and that it may have been the difference between life and death, in this case.
Although the fire was brought under control in just under 30 minutes, firefighters remained on the scene for two hours before the blaze was declared out.
Twenty-one firefighters responded to this incident.
No one was injured during the fire, but the two occupants were displaced.
The fire is believed to be accidental in nature, although the exact cause remains under investigation.
The Virginia Beach Fire Department reminds everyone to ensure that they have at least one working smoke alarm in their house and that you check the batteries in your smoke alarms at least once a month.
Citizens are also encouraged to close all bedroom doors at night to reduce the risk of a fire spreading throughout the home.
Make sure to extinguish any candles before going to bed and turn off kerosene space heaters before going to bed.
Photos by Ray Smith and the VBFD Multimedia Services Unit.