Dispatcher takes call about fire that destroyed her own home

Dispatcher Barbara Hughes was working when she took a 911 call reporting a blaze in the area where she lives


By Margaret Matray
The Virginian-Pilot

SUFFOLK, Va. — A Suffolk dispatcher’s home was destroyed — and her three dogs killed — in a fire that broke out in the early morning hours Thursday.

Dispatcher Barbara Hughes was working when she took a 911 call reporting a blaze in the area where she lives. She dispatched the call herself before rushing to the scene, according to a Suffolk Police Department Facebook post and a GoFundMe page set up for Hughes.

Dispatcher Barbara Hughes was working when she took a 911 call reporting a blaze in the area where she lives. (Photo/City of Suffolk)
Dispatcher Barbara Hughes was working when she took a 911 call reporting a blaze in the area where she lives. (Photo/City of Suffolk)
 

Our hearts are heavy as one of our very own Suffolk Dispatchers lost her home in the early morning hours today due to a...

Posted by Suffolk Police Department on Thursday, January 3, 2019

Shortly after 1:30 a.m., fire crews arrived to a “fully involved” fire in the 3100 block of Indian Trail at the corner of Deer Path Road, according to a city news release. The fire was deemed under control a little less than an hour later.

The Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause.

Hughes was being assisted by family, and a GoFundMe page was set up to raise funds to assist her. She could not be reached for comment Thursday.

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