Fire on Taylor Avenue

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On January 28 at approximately 1800 (6PM) the West Point Vol. Fire Department was alerted to a possible apartment fire in the 2900 block of Taylor Ave. Crews arrived on scene within minutes, initially with no fire visible from the exterior of a row house style, 2 story apartment complex. Crews further investigated to find active fire on the second floor in two of the middle residences. The fire was quickly contained and extinguished.

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Unfortunately, heavy damage occurred to the second floor of both residences prior to our arrival. One of the occupants is temporarily staying with family/friends, the other has been placed in contact with the Red Cross. Other occupants were able to return to their residences without issue.

No firefighter or civilian injuries occurred. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the King William Fire Marshal, and more information will be provided once it is received.

Smoke detectors were present and working in the apartment complex. As we like to emphasize often, smoke detectors save lives. We urge everyone to have working smoke detectors installed at least on every floor and occupied bedroom. Also, if you smell smoke in your residence, please call 911 immediately. Early activation of the 911 system can greatly reduce property damage and potentially save lives.

We would also like to thank New Kent Fire Rescue for their assistance.

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