Newport News house fire caused by child playing with lighter, officials say

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Newport News Fire officials say a child playing with a lighter caused a single story home to go up in flames.

It happened in the 900 block of West Russel Court just after 9 p.m. Saturday night.

When fire crews arrived, saw flames coming from the front of the home. The family was alerted by a smoke detector.

They were able to bring the fire under control 30 minutes later.

Officials say no one was hurt during the incident.

The American Red Cross is assisting two adults and one child after the fire.