Apartments condemned after fire in Danville

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DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) – Residents of a Danville apartment complex are out of a home after a fire ignited Thursday.

Fire crews were called out to the 300-block of Seminole Trail around 7:30 p.m.

The fire was caused by a lightning strike that struck the top of the building. The fire then quickly spread.

“You don’t have one fire,” said Richie Guill, the Assistant Fire Marshall for the City of Danville. “You have multiple fires inside the same building, which makes it very difficult for firefighters to find all those fires.”

When crews arrived on scene they found smoke coming from the roof of the two-story apartment building.

After entering crews found fire and smoke in several apartments.

Crews then found heavy fire throughout the center of the apartment complex.

WFXR was told there were 12 units in the building, but two units were vacant at the time of the fire.

All residents were able to get out safely. There were no reported injuries.

Larry Jones, the President of the Cabin Creek Owners Association, felt the lightning bolt shake his building Thursday. He says the storm also caused a power outage prior to the lightning strike.

“A lot of people were away because of the power outage so it worked out well in that respect,” said Jones.

Gwen Dixon has lived at the apartment complex for 20 years. Much of what she had was lost in the fire.

“Furniture, materials things,” said Dixon. “Some pictures and things, thank God, they were in a safe. I got those.”

The displaced residents are being assisted by the Red Cross.

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