Downtown fire displaces 2 families

Posted: June 27, 2013

WINCHESTER - No injuries were reported at a fire at 320 N. Kent St. Thursday evening that displaced two families.

Winchester and Frederick County firefighters responded to the blaze, which was reported just before 6:50 p.m. when a downstairs resident came home from a store and heard an interior fire alarm from the front porch.

After going inside to investigate, he found a fire in his bedroom. No cause of the fire has yet been determined, but Winchester City Police Department spokeswoman Lauren Cummings said the blaze would be investigated.

Congregational-Community Action Project opened its door to help the family with immediate needs of food and clothing. It is not known where they will sleep Thursday night.

“I do not believe that they will be able to go home tonight,” Cummings said.

 The downstairs tenants of the building included a father, 35, a mother, 42, and their 10-year-old son. Four people lived in the upstairs apartment.

 The fire is in the same block as a fire that killed a 2-year-old boy Tuesday, June 18. Cummings said it was too early to link the two fires given their proximity.

“Obviously they will be looked at closely,” she said.

For more information, read Friday's Winchester Star.