Police officer injured, vacant home ruled total loss after overnight fire in Covington

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COVINGTON, Va. (WFXR) — A Covington police officer was injured while evacuating a woman during an overnight fire in Covington that burned two structures and damaged a vehicle.

According to the Covington Fire Department, crews were called out at approximately 12:20 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 5 for a fully-involved structure fire in the area of South Ashland Avenue.

While en route, the department says Chief 3 requested additional manpower before another report came in that there were two structure fires at that location.

Once Chief 3 arrived at the scene, first responders found one structure — a vacant home — that was fully-involved in flames. In addition, an adjacent structure also caught fire and had flames in the eaves, officials say.

In addition, the second structure had a female occupant inside when the fire was reported, but thanks to Covington Police Officer Tolley, he reportedly managed to evacuate the occupant safely.

“Tolley potentially saved her life as the only access to the apartment was on the side of the primary fire building,” the Covington Fire Department wrote on Facebook on Thursday.

Fire officials say Tolley sustained minor injuries, but the rescue squad determined he did not need any additional treatment.

As for the fire, crews brought it under control less than 30 minutes after being dispatched. However, police say the vacant house was ruled a total loss and the vehicle belonging to the resident of the second structure that caught on fire was damaged.

The cause of the fire is still undetermined at this time.

If you have any information about the fire, the Covington Police Department urges you to call their non-emergency number at (540) 965-6333, message them on Facebook, or call Detective Baker at (540) 965-6339.

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