Family of five, including volunteer firefighter, displaced after losing house to fire in Lovingston

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

LOVINGSTON, Va. (WFXR) — On Saturday evening, firefighters from multiple departments were dispatched to a fire at a three-story home in Lovingston.

According to a news release from the Lovingston Volunteer Fire Department, the fire was located in the 100 block of Ponton Lane and started shortly before 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20.

Everyone inside of the home was able to safely evacuate before crews arrived.

Firefighters from Lovingston, Piney River, and Faber Fire responded. When crews arrived, they found heavy smoke coming from the home.

Additional aid was requested from all Nelson County fire departments for manpower and tankers for water supply.

The fire was found in the basement of the home and extended through the walls to the attic. Crews were able to attack the fire; however, due to the type of construction of the home, they were unable to quickly extinguish it.

The home is said to have been a complete loss.

A total of two adults — including a volunteer firefighter with the Lovingston Fire Department — and three children have been displaced and are being assisted by local churches and fire members.

“Our fire department family has been affected by this fire directly. All of our calls affect us, however it isn’t often that we are called to the home of a member and witness them lose everything. This family has a history of helping the fire department from many different aspects,” the Lovingston Volunteer Fire Department Co. 1 posted on Facebook on Sunday, Feb. 21. “On top of their years of assisting the department, Junior Member Travis Burley has been an active member for the past two years. He has dedicated time and energy that most people his age will not, for the greater good of the department and the county.”

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

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