A mother and son are dead after a large fire at their Portsmouth home.
Firefighters were called to the home on Atlanta Avenue around 4 a.m. Wednesday. When they arrived, they found the two story home engulfed, with heavy fire extending from the front porch area.
According to firefighters 71-year-old Sandra Bracy and 24-year-old Jarrod Bracy were trapped inside the home and unable to exit.
Firefighters dealt with difficult conditions, including zero visibility, extreme heat, and a large amount of belongings inside the home while trying to reach the victims.
One of the victims was found on the first floor, while the other was rescued from a second floor window onto a ladder.