Friday night fire intentionally set at vacant Danville house, fire officials say

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DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Fire officials announced early Saturday morning that the cause of Friday night’s structure fire at a vacant Danville house was “incendiary,” meaning it was set intentionally.

According to the Danville Fire Department, crews responded to a report of a structure fire at 225 Purdum Road at 11:25 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7.

After units arrived at the scene at approximately 11:30 p.m., the department says they discovered smoke coming from a small, single-story house, as well as fire on the outside of the house.

Crews from three different stations — the Third Avenue Fire Station, the Lynn Street Fire Station, and the Airport Road Fire Station — worked to extinguish the flames, secure the water supply and utilities, and search the house for occupants, and more, according to fire officials.

The department says the fire was deemed under control at approximately 11:40 p.m. on Friday, but the house still sustained moderate fire, heat, and water damage. However, the house was reportedly vacant at the time of the fire, and there are no reports of injuries.

Officials say 17 fire personnel remained on the scene for two hours. In addition, members of the Danville Life Saving Crew, Danville Electric Department, Danville Water and Gas Department, and Danville Police Department reportedly responded to assist with the scene.

According to the department’s news release on Saturday, Aug. 8, the Fire Marshal’s Office investigated and determined the cause of the fire to be incendiary.

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