Jan. 31, 2014
Another Albemarle County home goes up in flames, and the heating source could be to blame.
Shortly after 8:30 a.m. on Friday, a home on Porters Road caught fire. By the time firefighters arrived, flames were shooting from the roof.
Investigators say it started in the chimney. No one was hurt.
"Certainly, the very frigid cold weather has put stress and strain on a lot of heating systems," Albemarle Co. Fire Rescue Chief Dan Egglestow said. "We're seeing an increase in the number of fires, and this is a situation that's happening really nationwide."
Firefighters recommend you keep any flammable materials away from heat sources, and make sure you have working smoke detectors.
This is the fifth significant house fire in Albemarle County in recent weeks.