Man safely escapes Virginia Beach house fire

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - A man safely escaped a house fire early Monday morning but three birds did not make it out.

Fire was in the 1000 Block of Emporia Avenue and was reported around 5:30 a.m.

The Fire Department declared the house uninhabitable, adding two adults were displaced.

One cat was reported missing and two live snakes inside a terrarium were removed from the home by animal control.

The American Red Cross is responding to help the residents.

Officials said the fire appears to have started in the car-port section of the home but quickly extended to the roof and attic of the home.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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