May 27, 2007
The fire happened in a house on Goodman Street in Charlottesville. It’s made up of four separate apartments with four Region Ten patients living inside.
“It was very strange because I was deep in sleep dreaming and I was having a very pleasant dream at that,” said Ona Reynolds, a resident of the burned house, but then her dreams turned into a nightmare when she heard, "Ona get out of the house it's on fire!"
It was a wake-up call from a neighbor she never expected.
“He woke me right up! I was like oh my God what?,” said Reynolds.
She grabbed her purse and shoes and headed out the door as fast as she could and left everything she owned behind in her burning apartment.
“I just ran out the house and I saw flames on the top of the house on the roof,” Reynolds said.
When fire crews arrived on scene after 4:30 this morning they found the blaze in the attic of the building.
“Fortunately we were able to get a handle on it before it got any worse,” said Rick Crickenberger, City of Charlottesville Battalion Chief.
So far investigators believe electrical problems are to blame the good news is, “all the occupants were out of the building,” said Crickenberger.
Although Ona and the others don't have a place to call their own, she said this fire has made her appreciate her life even more.
“My apartment is completely a wreck and a lot of my items I’m not sure if they're still usable as far as my furniture, but other than that I'm alive and that matters. I'm very glad and thankful for that. I thank god for that,” said Reynolds.
The four residents of the house will spend the night in a hotel and then Region Ten has made plans to help them find another place to live.
No one was hurt in Sunday's fire.
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