Campbell County auto shop deemed total loss after Saturday structure fire

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

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RUSTBURG, Va. (WFXR) — An auto shop in Rustburg was ruled a total loss after first responders from across Campbell County spent Saturday battling a structure fire and searching for a person thought to be inside the shop.

At approximately 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 1, the Campbell County Department of Public Safety says a call came in for a garage/shop on fire at 179 Livestock Road in Rustburg. 

According to officials, units from Lyn-Dan Heights Volunteer Fire Department, Rustburg Volunteer Fire Department, Evington Volunteer Fire Department, Campbell County Volunteer Rescue Squad, Campbell County Public Safety, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, and the Campbell County Fire Marshal’s Office responded to the call.

The public safety department says the callers stated there may be one person trapped inside the structure — which was an eight-bay auto shop — when the fire was first reported. 

When crews arrived, the fire reportedly extended through the roof of the building, but first responders were able to quickly gain control and search the building for victims. 

During the initial search of the affected structure, crews did not locate any occupants.

However, in the hours after the fire was extinguished, the department says fire and law enforcement investigators continued to look for a person suspected to be inside the structure. 

Shortly after 10 p.m. on Saturday, emergency officials say the individual in question was found safely in a nearby building and reunited with family.

The structure was deemed a total loss following the fire, which the Campbell County Fire Marshal’s Office and the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office are still investigating.

If you have any information to help with the investigation into the cause of this fire, you are asked to contact the Campbell County Fire Marshal’s Office or the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office by calling (434) 332-9574 or emailing firemarshal@campbellcountyva.gov.

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