LEBANON, Va. — An elderly woman and her caretaker lost their home in a fire in Lebanon on Tuesday.

Russell County Emergency Management Coordinator Jess Powers said emergency crews responded to a fire off Clinch Mountain Road around 4:30 p.m. Powers said the woman went to a basement door, opened it to find smoke and called 911. Emergency responders helped the woman, who uses a wheelchair, get out, Powers said.

No one was injured, but the blaze significantly damaged the house, Powers said. Officials believe the fire started in an air handler of a heat pump under the home.

Powers said the emergency response included the Copper Creek Moccasin, Lebanon, and Castlewood volunteer fire departments. Russell County Emergency Management, the American Red Cross Mountain Empire Chapter, the Christian Center and the Russell County Salvation Army are assisting the affected residents, according to a Facebook post by Russell County Emergency Management.

On Friday, volunteers with the Mountain Empire Chapter of the American Red Cross will install free smoke alarms in Russell County. Residents can message the “Russell County, Virginia, Emergency Management” Facebook page to reserve an alarm.

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