Eleven displaced after Commonwealth Drive fire
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Nearly a dozen people are without a home after a fire broke out at an apartment complex in Albemarle County on Tuesday afternoon.
Just before 4:30 p.m., the 2200 block of Commonwealth Drive was engulfed in smoke and flames.
Albemarle County Department of Fire Rescue spokesperson Abbey Stumpf said all residents were accounted for with no injuries reported, but 11 have been displaced from six units.
"The Red Cross, along with the property management company has established a support center to assist all of those residents," she said.
Stumpf said police and fire units arrived at the scene within four minutes of being dispatched. Police immediately evacuated the residents.
"It's heartbreaking, it's devastating when people lose their homes,” she said. “But, we all want to take this opportunity to check your smoke alarms, make sure you have a plan with your family to get reunited. We were able to connect with all of the residents so quickly, and that makes everybody’s job faster. And, it ensures that we know that everybody is safe.”
A cat was rescued by a firefighter and reunited with its owner, but another cat is still unaccounted for.
While tackling the flames, firefighters were also battling extreme heat with some of the hottest temperatures the area has seen all year.
The cause of the fire is still unknown. The Albemarle County Fire Marshal’s Office will lead the investigation.