LEBANON, Va. -- An elderly woman and her caretaker are without a home following a house fire in Lebanon on Tuesday.

Russell County Emergency Management Coordinator Jess Powers said emergency crews responded to a house fire off Clinch Mountain Road around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Powers said the woman went to a basement door and opened it to find a large puff of smoke. She then called 911. Emergency responders assisted in helping the woman, who uses a wheelchair, exit her home, Powers said.

Nobody was injured during the fire, but the blaze caused significant damage to the house, rendering it currently unlivable, Powers said. Officials believe the fire started in an air handler of a heat pump underneath 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 be installing 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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