No injuries in overnight structure fire in Harrisonburg

Broad Street fireNo one was injured after an overnight structure fire early Wednesday morning on Broad Street in Harrisonburg.

Members of the Harrisonburg Fire Department (HFD) were dispatched to the home, in the 300 block of Broad Street, at 2:23 a.m. this morning. First arriving units found heavy fire on the front of the house, and all three occupants were quickly accounted for.

A second alarm was struck on arrival, bringing additional units to the scene. The fire was extinguished and there were no firefighter or civilian injuries

“In this case, the occupants were extremely fortunate to have escaped without functioning smoke alarms,” Deputy Fire Chief Matthew Tobia said afterward.

The situation was marked under control at 2:57 a.m. HFD was assisted by units from Rockingham County Fire and Rescue, Harrisonburg Rescue Squad and the Harrisonburg Police Department. The occupants are being assisted by the Red Cross.

The cause of this morning’s fire on Broad Street has been determined by HFD’s Fire Marshal’s Office to be combustible materials too close to a space heater. The fire loss is estimated at $100,000.

HFD urges all residents to ensure they have working smoke alarms in their homes – and to use caution when heating their homes. For assistance in checking and replacing smoke alarms, please call 540-432-7703. HFD personnel will always visit homes when requested to help install smoke alarms or replace batteries.

This is a vital life-saving service all should be aware of if they find themselves in need regarding smoke alarm maintenance.

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