UPDATE 4:40 PM January 7, 2013
Fire Chief Charles L. Werner says the fire at Plow & Hearth was accidental.
An electrical wire that was either under or near storage of Fatwood, a resin-rich wood kindling that was sold in the store, caused the blaze.
The fire rapidly consumed the Fatwood, creating extreme heat and large volumes of black smoke that spread through the store.
Werner says this explains the speed and intensity of the fire that expanded exponentially within minutes of its detection.
January 7, 2013
Charlottesville firefighters battled a fire at the Plow & Hearth store at the Barracks Road Shopping Center Monday morning.
The fire was reported shortly after 7:30 A.M.
Authorities said multiple crews were called to the scene at 1107 N. Emmet Street. Roads around the store remain closed as firefighters investigate the cause of the fire.
Nobody was hurt.
Details are limited. We have a crew at the scene and will have new information as it becomes available.