UPDATE: 6 Displaced by Orangedale Ave. Fire, Cause of Fire Determined
Photo courtesy of the Charlottesville Fire Department
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -
UPDATE 12/26/2013:Battalion Chief Richard Jones with the Charlottesville Fire Department says embers on a wood burning stove caught a couch on fire. Jones says when fire crews arrived to the home on Orangedale Avenue Wednesday night they found heavy fire in the basement and on the first floor.
Darlene Porter, a neighbor who saw the fire says it's devastating to see a family in her neighborhood lose everything."They lost everything, you know, including Christmas morning. All their toys, you know, basically the shirts off their back. That's all they had left, you know. I’m going to look around and see what I can donate toward the family," she stated.
Six people were displaced by the fire. They are in the care of the Red Cross.
Original 12/25/2013: The Charlottesville Fire Department is investigating a fire at a home on Orangedale Avenue Wednesday evening.
The fire broke out shortly before 7 p.m. When crews arrived they found a heavy fire in the basement and on the first floor. There was no one inside the home at the time.
Firefighters also searched a neighboring home and were able to save a number of dogs.
Chief Richard Jones of the Charlottesville Fire Department said, "It was a full city response, four engines, two aerials and a battalion chief. We're just really happy that no one was injured and there's also no injuries to any firefighters."
The Red Cross is helping six people who were displaced by the fire.
"We went around to the neighbors and saw the flames and the first thing she said was 'there's a propane tank we have to move' so everybody just ran back out to the front of the house,” said Caremelita Wood, one of the people displaced by the fire.
Firefighters are still trying to determine the cause.
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