Basement Fire Damages Home

By: Summer Knowles
By: Summer Knowles

July 7, 2005

The Charlottesville Fire Department had their hands full Wednesday as a local home caught on fire.

Flames tore through a house located on the 300 block of 8th St. N.W. around 1 p.m. It started in the basement of the home and moved it's way up. Luckily no one was injured. The cause of the fire is still unknown, but some are speculating that yesterday's storm may be to blame for today's flames.

"When the first units arrived, they had a fire in the basement of the house and heavy smoke throughout the rest of the house," says Acting Deputy Chief Britt Grimm.

Witnesses like Dee Thomas couldn't believe their eyes. "We saw a big ball of smoke come out the building, then it worked its way up to the top floor. First it was just coming out as grey, then it started getting real dark black, and then the fire department came."

Fire crews arrived on the scene shortly after the fire was reported. They are still investigating the cause of the fire, but the homeowner suspects it had something to do with a power surge.

"We had been out of power since yesterday around 4:30," explains Kandioura Drame. "They had just turned the power on and as soon as that happened, less than five minutes later I saw fire coming from the basement, so I think it was an electrical situation."

Drame was the only person inside the house at the time of the fire. He suffered no injuries, and is extremely grateful to his neighbors and the fire department. "They did a tremendous job. I am very, very thankful to them."

Through the whole ordeal, Drame was very calm and was just glad that no one was injured. He said that inside his home suffered extensive smoke damage, and he will be spending time with friends and neighbors until he can get everything taken care of.

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