Eight displaced in duplex fire

Published 8:00 am Thursday, June 4, 2015

A duplex fire has been called under control for the second time after the blaze rekindled this morning shortly after firefighters thought they had it under control.

They were first called to the two-story duplex in the 100 block of Chestnut Street at 4:44 a.m., according to a city press release. They arrived four minutes later to find heavy electrical fire and smoke coming from the structure. All of the occupants had evacuated prior to the arrival of firefighters. Only three of the four units were occupied.

It was determined the fire was electrical in nature and originated in the crawl space, according to the release. Dominion Virginia Power responded to the scene.

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After being called under control at 5:43.m., the fire rekindled at about 6:21 a.m., according to the release. The fire was upgraded to a second alarm.

It was called under control a second time shortly after 8 a.m.

Market Street was closed between Pine and North streets, according to the release.

Eight people were displaced and are being assisted by the American Red Cross.