Apartment fire displaces 2 occupants

Posted: November 18, 2013

The Winchester Star

A fire broke out Sunday morning in one of the apartments above the Village Laundry Center on Main Street in Stephens City. No one was injured. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation. (Photo by Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star)

Stephens City — Firefighters quickly extinguished a blaze in an apartment above the Village Laundry Center on Sunday morning.

No one was injured in the fire, which was contained to one of five apartments housed in the building at 5317 Main St., according to Chief Greg Locke of the Stephens City Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company.

The fire was reported at 7:26 a.m. Firefighters cleared the scene by 10:45 a.m.

Heavy smoke was coming from the two-story structure when firefighters entered the building, Locke said. The fire was under control within 15 minutes.

Fire and water damage, and most smoke damage, was contained to the apartment where the fire originated, he said.

“The departments did an excellent job of both containing the fire and evacuating tenants from other apartments,” Locke said. “They did have to wake some people to get them out of their apartments.”

The two people who were in the burning apartment escaped, he said. They refused medical assistance, but the American Red Cross was notified to help them with temporary housing.

Damage from the fire is estimated at about $15,000 — $10,000 for personal belongings and $5,000 for the structure, he said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it originated in or around a reclining chair in a bedroom, Locke said.

Crews from Middletown, Millwood Station, Shawnee and South End fire companies also responded to the scene.

— Contact Laura McFarland at lmcfarland@winchesterstar.com