Teen Injured, Two Houses Damaged in Three Alarm Virginia Fire

HUNTINGTON, Va. (AP) -- A three alarm fire destroyed one house and damaged a neighboring home Thursday, authorities said. A teenager had to be rescued from the house where the fire started.

Flames were already shooting through the roof of that house when firefighters arrived, according to Lt. Raul Castillo, a spokesman for the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. About 90 emergency workers _ some from neighboring Alexandria _ responded. The cause of the fire was under investigation.

A 13-year-old boy who was home when the fire broke out was hospitalized with smoke inhalation. Castillo said his injuries were non-life-threatening.

Damage to that house was estimated at $316,000. Another $109,000 in damage was done to a house next door.

''The heat and fire damaged the side of the structure, melting the siding,'' said Castillo, who noted the homes are older models built about 20 feet apart. Also, an attic fan in the second home ''sucked the fire'' in and damaged the attic, he said.

A total of six adults and eight children were displaced from the houses, and were being relocated by the Red Cross.

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