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DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. -- Several adults with special needs are without their group home after a fire broke out early Sunday morning.

The fire damaged the home along the 4200 block of McIllwaine Drive in Dinwiddie. No one was injured.

Fire damages home in Dinwiddie County (PHOTO: Lamar Person)

Fire damages home in Dinwiddie County (PHOTO: Lamar Person)

Jeff Hudson said he woke up to discover his neighbor's house ablaze.

“And the next thing we know the fire department was coming and the flames were coming through the roof on the back side,” Hudson said, who grabbed his phone and started recording video.

"And it just kept getting bigger and bigger," Hudson said. "And then I saw police, walking across the yard, walking into the house and they were bringing  the people out."

Fire damages home in Dinwiddie County (PHOTO: Lamar Person)

Fire damages home in Dinwiddie County (PHOTO: Lamar Person)

Neighbors said that for the last year and a half the residence  has been a group home for adults with special needs.

Dennis Hale with the Dinwiddie Fire Department said all of the residents made it out safely and are being cared for by their staff at another facility.

Hale said black ice made the fire difficult to battle because the water froze once it hit the ground. Because of the extreme weather conditions, strong winds and below freezing temperatures, firefighters had to work quickly and carefully to extinguish the fire.

Chesterfield fire crews were called to assist Dinwiddie crews to fight the fire.