Update: Candle Believe to be Cause of Albemarle County House Fire

April 10, 2014

Update: A fire Thursday morning in Albemarle County has been ruled accidental. It is believed a candle near a mattress may have been what started the fire.

Damage from the fire is estimated at $150,000.

The family is staying relatives until the damage has been repaired.

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Albemarle County Fire officials are investigating the cause of house fire Thursday morning after a mattress ignited in flames.

Albemarle County Fire and Rescue responded to the home on Lakeview Drive just after 7:00 a.m. Crews say everyone made it out safely and they were able to quickly get the blaze under control.

19-year-old Olivia Divers was staying in the home and was awaken by the smoke and flames.

"I woke up and half of my mattress was on fire," Divers said.

She woke up her cousin and the two raced outside to the street.

Fire officials say when firefighters arrived to the home they saw heavy smoke flames coming out of the back of the house, and they made the decision to upgrade the fire to a two alarm blaze and call in for help.

"We transmitted the second alarm because in this neighborhood the houses are very close together. They are older construction and they are made of wood, and there is a great chance that it would spread," said Albemarle County Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Steve Elliott.

10 fire companies from Seminole Trail Fire Department, Albemarle County Fire and Rescue, Hollymead, City of Charlottesville, Monticello Fire Department, Stoney Point, Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad, East Rivanna and Earlysville were on the scene. However, not all the crews has to be used. Elliott says it took crews 15 minutes to extinguish the fire, and then another 45 to get inside the home at extinguish the hot spots.

"The initial crews did a wonderful job of containing the fire and it did not spread," Elliott said.

The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation..


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