Charlottesville Man Trapped In Fire

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

February 15, 2006

Firefighters were busy working a two alarm fire Wednesday afternoon.

It happened around 11:30 a.m. in the 1400 block of Hazel Street in Charlottesville.

A Battalion Chief with the Charlottesville Fire Department said a Charlottesville Police Officer first noticed the fire while riding on motorcycle during his normal neighborhood patrols.

The police officer called the fire department, and kicked open the door to the house to help a man hanging from a second floor window. The police officer could not get inside the house because of heavy smoke, so called the fire department for assistance.

The fire department sent over six trucks, and raised the call as a two alarm fire. Firefighters were able to break open an entrance into the house, and rescue the man.

The man rescued is believed to be 40-50 years old. He was not injured, but did suffer a little smoke inhalation.

The fire, which started in the kitchen, was put out in about 10 minutes. Fire officials are not sure of the cause.


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