FIRE OFFICIALS: Car catches fire, igniting house fire in Danville

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DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — The Danville Fire Department responded to a reported car fire Wednesday afternoon.

The call came in at 4:34 p.m., on 1351 Westover Drive. The call was upgraded to a structure fire as crews were on their way.

Firefighters said when they got on scene they found a small one-story house with heavy fire and smoke showing from the carport and house. One crew started fighting the car fire while another established a water supply, secured the utilities and pulled an additional hand line to attack the fire.

A downed power line caused issues for crews. Firefighters said an electric line burned into and fell to the ground. The area was blocked off and crews continued to extinguish the house and vehicle fires.

The owner was home at the time of the fire and was found safe outside the house. The car was destroyed and the house sustained moderate heat and smoke damage to the kitchen and attic area with minor smoke damage to the rest of the house.

The Danville Fire Department responded with three engines, a ladder truck, four command units, a safety officer, a utility vehicle and a Fire Marshal. Twenty two fire personnel were on the scene for 2 hours and 20 minutes.  The Danville Life Saving Crew, Danville Electric Department, Danville Water and Gas Department and Danville Police Department assisted on scene.  

The cause of the fire was investigated by the Fire Marshal’s office and determined to be a shorted out battery in the vehicle under the carport.

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