DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — After receiving late night reports of a structure fire at a Danville apartment building, first responders found themselves not only tracking down the source of the fire, but also tracking down a few residents still inside the building.
According to a news release from the Danville Fire Department on Thursday, Aug. 27, crews were dispatched to a reported structure fire at 141 New Ingram Road at approximately 11:18 p.m.
The department says the 911 dispatch center received multiple phone calls about smoke in several apartments. When crews arrived on scene, they reportedly found light smoke in the common hallway of the apartment building.
After units discovered two occupants with limited mobility were still inside in separate apartments, fire officials say they quickly tracked the tenants down and moved them to safety. Meanwhile, additional firefighters entered the building and searched for additional occupants, but all other tenants managed to exit the structure, the department says.
According to fire officials, crews discovered the source of the smoke was a stove fire in a lower level apartment.
Units reportedly remained on scene for approximately three hours to look for any hidden fires and remove trapped smoke from the building before tenants returned to their apartments. In addition to the 19 personnel on four engines, one ladder truck, a safety officer, and two battalion chiefs from the Danville Fire Department, the Danville Life Saving Crew also dispatched five personnel and two ambulances to the incident, according to Thursday’s news release.
The department says there are no reports of injuries, but the residence sustained moderate damage.
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