Fire damages two homes in Lake Monticello community
FLUVANNA COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Two homes in Fluvanna County have been badly damaged by fire.
According to a release, firefighters responded to two house fires inside the Lake Monticello community within six hours on Monday.
The first fire occurred around 8:35 a.m. on Axle Tree Road.
This fire started on a wooden deck at the rear of the house, where the homeowner saw a temporary greenhouse protecting a tropical tree had caught fire.
The fire spread to the deck and then to the siding of the house, eventually getting into the attic of the home.
Crews from Lake Monticello, Palmyra and Fork Union responded, and the homeowner was able to keep the fire from spreading further by using a garden hose until firefighters arrived.
The family was not displaced and investigators have ruled the cause of this fire as accidental.
A few hours later, crews from Lake Monticello, Palmyra, Fork Union and Kent Store responded to Jefferson Drive for a fire.
Fire officials say the front areas of the home were heavily involved when they arrived, but the occupants had been able to get out without injury.
The main part of the fire was quickly contained, but fire officials reported hidden fire was trapped in the attic area.
As firefighters tried to get to that part of the fire, they found the integrity of the second floor was not clear.
The release says a tower ladder was used to send water through the second-floor windows and eaves to put out any visible fire while also protecting firefighters.
Firefighters were then able to get back into the home to get to any more hidden areas that were still burning and put them out.
The investigation into the cause of this fire is still underway, and the American Red Cross is assisting the family that has been displaced.