The Albemarle County Fire Marshal's Office is trying to figure out what sparked a blaze that destroyed a barn at Verulam Farm on Bloomfield Road early Monday morning.
Firefighters were first called to the scene just before 5 a.m. Monday. When crews arrived on scene, the barn was fully engulfed in fire.
No one was hurt and no animals were harmed.
Deputy Fire Marshal Shawn Maddox says the barn was used to store vehicles and horses, but the animals were outside at the time of the blaze.
"We actually had the property owner here when we got here, so he knew all the horses were out and that his family was accounted for,” he stated. “Pretty much it was protecting the adjoining property, keeping it from spreading."
An adult and child are out of their home following a late-night fire in Portsmouth.
According to Portsmouth Fire Rescue, firefighters were called out to the 2800 block of Turnpike Road a little after 10:30 Sunday night. Arriving units saw light smoke coming from the second floor of a two-story home.
Crews were able to quickly put out a small fire in a bedroom. The apartment received moderate smoke damage.
Everyone was able to get out of the building OK, and no injuries are reported. The displaced adult and child were able to stay with family members.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
WVEC-TV ABC 13 Hampton Roads
In less than 24 hours, firefighters in Botetourt County battled two brush fires over the weekend.
A lawnmower sparked the first fire Saturday, scorching about a quarter of an acre of land, according to the Troutville Volunteer Fire Department.
Then Sunday, crews responded to brush fire around 2 p.m. along the 7700 block of Lee Highway. A bush-hogging tractor is being blamed for starting the flames that burned nearly a half-acre.
Troutville Volunteer Fire Department is now warning people to be cautious outdoors and avoid any burns because the county is facing abnormally dry conditions.
WBDJ7 Roanoke News
Sprinklers save lives in fires and are required in most types of commercial and multi-family home construction. But the Virginia Board of Housing and Community Development has decided they’re not needed in single-family homes and townhouses, a decision that has angered firefighters in Northern Virginia.
Homebuilders, on the other hand, are applauding the 10-4 vote by the board, saying the cost of installing sprinklers in new homes would make it difficult to build the 75,000 new homes the region is expected to need over the next few decades.
Among the critics is Keith Johnson, who proposed the defeated sprinkler requirement. Johnson is chief of the Loudoun County Combined Fire-Rescue System and a member of the housing developing board.
Richmond firefighters responded to a parking garage in Shockoe Slip where several vehicles were found on fire Monday Morning.
A crew responded to 100 Virginia Street and found several vehicles on fire in the basement of the building parking lot.
Officials say heavy smoke was found on several floors of the lot but the fire was isolated to the vehicles.
The fire has since been marked under control. There were no injuries or fatalities in the fire.
There is no word on a cause of the fires at this time.
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