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Fire in Warrenton

Sunday, Dec. 15 | By Julie Taylor
Courtesy Warrenton Volunteer Fire Department
Midway through the fight
On Dec. 14, a small apartment/barn structure caught fire in the 7700 block of Piccadilly Lane. The fire expanded to the other two apartments within the building, according to Assistant Chief Jason Golden. Dispatchers sent out the call for help around 2 p.m. The firefighters arrived to the two story, wood-framed structure to find heavy smoke billowing from the eaves, and flames blazing on two sides of the building, said Golden.

Crews quickly determined that no one was inside except for a dog who was able to escape. Firefighters immediately took to the task of extinguishing the blaze in an orderly pattern. At one point, a second floor ceiling collapsed, and crews were able to escape without being harmed. Warrenton's ladder truck was able to take care of the rest of that blaze.

"The fire was under control within 25-35 minutes, with the next 2 hours spent overhauling and checking for extension," said Golden. "I estimate total damage to be approximately $175,000." The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The American Red Cross is providing disaster relief assistance for one of three families displaced.

"We're helping with meals, clothing and lodging. The other two families were not there while our volunteers were on the scene but we will offer them assistance as well," said Amy Whittaker, Regional Director, Public Affairs of the ARC.

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