UPDATE: Witnesses say home on Ware Street exploded

Courtesy: James Sprouse Jr.
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- The Charlottesville Fire Department was on the scene of a house fire Saturday night that looks to have completely destroyed a home.

Witnesses say they heard an initial explosion around 10 p.m in the area of Ware and Rayon streets.

The fire department says it got a call about smoke at Ware Street and Elliot Avenue at 10:07 p.m.

By the time crews arrived, a home was burning and filling Ware Street with smoke. The fire department adds there was fire coming from the basement of the home.

At that point, the call was upgraded to a working house fire and several units responded, including six fire engines and an aerial unit. Fire crews also closed Ware Street and a stretch of Elliot Avenue while on the scene.

Firefighters could be seen around the home, moving furniture out of the building, which is when a second explosion happened.

But the fire department confirmed no one was hurt in the blaze.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but the Charlottesville Fire Department says in the meantime, officials want to warn people about the dangers of improperly storing gasoline.



 
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