STAUNTON — A fire damaged a home and displaced a family of five Monday afternoon, according to Augusta County Fire-Rescue Chief Greg Schacht.
The dog, cat and lizard survived, the chief said, but two caged pet birds died in the fire at 108 Eakle Road, outside Staunton and south of New Hope.
The fire was called on Monday around 2:45 p.m. Firefighters arrived at the scene where the driveway and house were on fire.
Schacht said the fire started on a porch where some equipment and polyurethane was stored.
“Nobody was home at the time,” the chief said.
The fire destroyed the entrance of the house. Schacht said most of the damage inside the residence was caused by smoke and water.
Two adults and three children remained displaced.
Schacht said the fire was ruled accidental. No casualties have been reported.
In addition to Augusta County Fire and Rescue, personnel from Verona, New Hope, Stewarts Draft and Weyers Cave responded to the scene.
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