December 14, 2013
CULPEPER, Va. (AP) - The Culpeper County Jail was evacuated for about four hours after a fire that started in a clothes dryer.
Sheriff's Detective Angela Deavers says a deputy who tried to extinguish the Saturday morning blaze before firefighters arrived was taken to a hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation. No other injuries were reported, and damage was minimal.
Eighty-one inmates and one civilian employee were moved to the courthouse after the 9:15 a.m. fire. Deavers said they were returned to the jail at 1:17 p.m.
Deputies handing out gifts to children at the department's annual Santa Cop breakfast at a nearby restaurant responded to the scene, where they were joined by other off-duty deputies.
Deavers said it was unclear what caused the dryer to catch fire.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.