UPDATE: Resident, firefighter treated for injuries in house fire; five residents displaced

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UPDATE 2:20 p.m.: Battalion Chief Kenny Turner of the Lynchburg Fire Department tells WFXR that the resident and a firefighter injured in this morning’s fire in the 1700 block of Taylor Street have been released from the hospital. The resident suffered smoke inhalation while the firefighter’s injuries are said to be orthopedic. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

UPDATE 9:20 a.m.: The Lynchburg Department of Emergency Services announced that crews have reopened the 1700 block of Taylor Street to traffic following Monday morning’s house fire along the street.

UPDATE 8:36 a.m.: Lynchburg Battalion Chief Kenny Turner says five people are displaced following Monday morning’s structure fire on Taylor Street.

According to Turner, the call came in about the house fire at 1714 Taylor Street and the family trapped inside the house around 5:20 a.m. on Monday. By the time first responders arrived, Turner says most of the occupants were already out of the house.

Turners says first responders transported one resident to the emergency room for smoke inhalation, as well as one firefighter for non-life-threatening injuries.

While the flames did spread to a neighboring house, only the five people living in the first house are displaced, Turner says. The American Red Cross was at the scene of the fire to offer assistance to the displaced family.

UPDATE 6:58 a.m.: The Lynchburg Fire Department battalion chief at the scene of the Taylor Street structure fire told WFXR two people were injured and brought to the hospital Monday morning.

According to fire officials, when firefighters arrived at the scene, one house was completely engulfed by the fire and the flames started to spread to the house next door, but crews managed to extinguish the flames at both houses.

(Photo: Ryan Saylor / WFXR News)
(Photo: Ryan Saylor / WFXR News)

In addition, when crews first arrived, officials say received a report there were people trapped inside the first home. Firefighters were reportedly sent inside to try to rescue the family, but they discovered the family had already escaped out the back door.

Two individuals — one resident and one firefighter — sustained non-life-threatening injuries and are currently at the hospital receiving treatment, the battalion chief says.

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Motorists in Lynchburg may need to take a detour on their Monday morning commute due to a road closure on Taylor Street following a report of a structure fire, according to city officials.

The Lynchburg Department of Emergency Services tweeted at 5:39 a.m. on Monday, June 8 the 1700 block of Taylor Street is closed until further notice.

An employee at Lynchburg’s communications center told WFXR the road closure on Taylor Street is in response to a report of a structure fire in the area and firefighters are currently on the scene.

WFXR is working to learn more about the reported structure fire.

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