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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Fire officials are on scene investigating the cause of an early morning house fire that occurred in Highland Springs.

Firefighters were notified of a house fire in the 30 block of North Virginia Avenue at approximately 7 a.m. Personnel arrived less than four minutes after receiving the call and found a single-family home with fire going through the roof.

Crews were initially forced to fight the fire from outside of the home due to the large volume of the flames, but were able to take hose lines inside to extinguish the blaze after knocking it down from the outside. After conducting multiple searches, officials determined that no one was home at the time of the fire.

The fire was marked under control just before 8:30 a.m. No civilians or fire personnel were injured.

The fire marshal's office is on scene and will be conducting a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the fire. Assistance from the Red Cross was not needed for this incident.

The Henrico Fire Department wants to remind everyone to use safe and approved heating devices such as gas logs, wood stoves and electric heaters and remember to keep combustibles at least three feet away from the heaters. Do not use ovens, stoves or other makeshift devices to heat homes or apartments as this could lead to fires and injuries.