Red Cross providing assistance for Danville residents following Sunday house fire

Southside Virginia News

DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — A Danville home was moderately damaged, but nobody was hurt following a Sunday afternoon fire along Franklin Street.

The Danville Fire Department says units were dispatched to a report of a structure fire just after 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 12 at 660 Franklin Street. When crews arrived at the scene a few minutes later, they found heavy smoke coming from a small, single-story house.

While some personnel pulled a handline and entered the home to extinguish the fire, others established a water supply and went inside the house to search for any occupants. First responders managed to bring the fire under control a little after 4:45 p.m., the department says.

According to fire officials, the home sustained moderate smoke and water damage, but the people living in the home were found safe outside. While there are no reports of injuries, the American Red Cross is helping the occupants following the fire.

The department says 16 fire personnel were on scene for approximately two hours, receiving assistance from the Danville Life Saving Crew, the Danville Electric Department, and the Danville Water and Gas Department.

The Danville Fire Marshal’s office reportedly investigated the fire and determined it was caused by soldering copper piping too close to combustibles in the crawl space.  

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