06/07/2019 Release from the Charlottesville Fire Department:

Charlottesville, VA - Wednesday May 29, 2019 at 3:34 p.m., units from the Charlottesville Fire Department responded for a reported building fire. No evidence of any fire was present, however the restaurant's hood fire suppression system had been activated.

The Fire Marshal's office investigation revealed an employee maliciously activated the fire suppression system. In a collaborative effort between the Fire Marshal's office and the Charlottesville Police Department the employee was arrested and charged with the following class 1 misdemeanor offense:

  • § 18.2-137. Injuring, etc., any property, monument, etc.

The Charlottesville Fire Department's Fire Marshal's office would like to remind the community that it is illegal to tamper with any fire protection device or system.

If you have any questions related to this news release, please contact Assistant Fire Marshal Jonathan Williams at 434-970-3328.

The Charlottesville Fire Department would like to remind everyone that smoke detectors save lives. A free detector is available to all city residents. Call 434-970-3245 to schedule your smoke detector install.