DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Five people are without a home in Danville after a large fire early Sunday morning that the Danville Fire Department is ruling as arson.
The department tweeted shortly before 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 18 that crews were at a working structure fire at 105 Sedgefield Court.
When units arrived on scene, they reportedly found a two-story, six-unit apartment complex with heavy flames showing from the front.
Firefighters conducted an interior attack, confining the fire to the original apartment. Units remained on scene for approximately two and a half hours, fire officials say.
John Bigelow, who lives across the street, says he woke up to the smell of smoke.
“I didn’t get up until 2:30 in the morning, I came out to get a little air, and all I see is smoke,” he told WFXR News. “That’s all I saw. I was surprised.”
Bigelow says the neighborhood is typically quiet.
“I’ve been up here seven years, it ain’t never been like this.”
Bigelow believes there was a cat inside that didn’t make it, but that has not been confirmed by the Danville Fire Department.
Fire officials say the fire in the original apartment caused smoke and water damage another apartment, leaving the second apartment uninhabitable.
According to the department, the three adults and two children who were displaced received assistance from the American Red Cross with regard to temporary housing.
Charges are pending after fire officials determined the cause of the fire as arson, but there is no word on the identity of the person facing those charges.
The Danville Fire Marshall’s Office is still investigating the fire, but no injuries were reported.