UPDATE: Woman, Two Children Killed in Albemarle County Fire

By: News Staff Email
By: News Staff Email

January 18, 2014

A house fire in Albemarle County claimed the lives of a mom and her two kids after it went up in flames early Saturday morning.

"We're traumatized by what happened upstairs," says Daniel O'Donnell, owner of the home.

The fire started on the second floor that was rented out to a family of four. The father was coming home from work around 1:30 in the morning when he saw the fire and called for help.

The O'Donnell's lived on the bottom floor and were able to make it out safely and unharmed.

"The upstairs tenant was screaming and he said his family was upstairs," says O'Donnell.

He tried to help the family living on the second floor escape the flames by helping the father with a ladder. But by the time they reached the second floor window, it was too late.

"I assisted him with the ladder to try to go to the upper bedroom window, but we were overcome by smoke and there wasn't much we could do."

The father was injured by the fire and was rushed to the UVa Medical Center. He had minor injuries.

Nine different fire crews were called to help put out the flames from the upstairs apartment, but soon the roof collapsed and the two children along with their mother died in the home

Authorities are still unsure on what caused the fire.

"As soon as the fire is completely out, we will be able to enter and determine a little more about the cause of the fire," says Carter Johnson from the Albemarle Co. Police Department.

"We just praise the Lord for us, but our sympathies are with our neighbors upstairs," says O'Donnell.

They lived in the home for over 20 years. Now the house is completely destroyed and two families are trying to figure out how to piece together their lives after losing so much.

January 18, 2014


Officials now say the boy that was pulled out of the home by firefighters has died. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the fire.

January 18, 2014

The Albemarle County Fire Department reports a woman and child were killed in a fire early Saturday morning.

Crews were called to 870 Carriage Trail Place after the father of the family inside a second floor apartment came home from work to find the house engulfed in flames. He tried to get into the home to save his family but was injured. The man was taken to UVa Medical Center with minor injuries.

When firefighters arrived, they were able to get into the home and pull one boy, between the ages of 6 and 8 years old, from the building. His condition is unknown.

Fire officials say conditions quickly deteriorated and the roof collapsed on the home. Because of the conditions, firefighters had to get out of the house.

Once crews were able to get back into the home, they found the bodies of a woman and a girl, who was between the ages of 2 and 4 years old.

The three people in the downstairs apartment were able to get out safely.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Route 250 in the area was closed for several hours. It has since reopened.

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