newsearly morning fire in albemarle county causes 10k in damage displaces family

Early-morning fire in Albemarle County causes $10K in damage, displaces family

Chris Graham
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An early-morning structure fire in the 6000 block of Esmont Road in Albemarle County caused an estimated $10,000 in damage, but fortunately, there were no injuries.

The fire was reported to Albemarle County Fire Rescue at 2:03 a.m. Wednesday. Crews arrived at 2:20 a.m., and the fire was reported to have been extinguished at 2:23 a.m., according to a report from ACFR.

The family was alerted to the fire when one member woke up coughing from the smoke and was able to wake the other family members and evacuate.

The fire, caused by a candle that had been left unattended, caused damage to the residence and displaced the family.

The Red Cross is currently helping the family with lodging and other needs.

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham is the editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1994 alum of the University of Virginia, Chris has won 17 Virginia Press Association awards for his work as an investigative reporter, feature writer and columnist. Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, both published in 2019, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to my YouTube page, Want to reach Chris? Try [email protected].