A quick response from Albemarle County firefighters was unable to prevent a residence near Faber from burning to the ground late Tuesday night, leaving its occupant with minor injuries and no place to live.
Albemarle authorities said they were dispatched to the reported blaze in the 6500 block of Faber Road near the Albemarle-Nelson county line just before midnight Tuesday. The first units arrived on the scene in 16 minutes.
“Units discovered heavy fire conditions on the first floor of the home spreading to the second floor,” according to a statement from the county fire department.
The man living in the residence was able to evacuate safely. Authorities said the unidentified occupant was sleeping when the fire started and was awoken by the smell of smoke.
He vacated the residence and was treated for minor injuries on-site. Now displaced, he is currently being assisted by friends and the American Red Cross, authorities said.
No cause for the fire had been determined as of Wednesday afternoon. The Albemarle County Fire Marshal’s Office is overseeing the investigation.
In all, 16 units from Albemarle County and two from Nelson County responded to the fire, according to Albemarle County spokeswoman Logan Bogert.
“ACFR remained on scene throughout the day on Wednesday, January 17, to monitor and extinguish any hot spots,” Bogert told The Daily Progress.
When The Daily Progress visited the scene Wednesday at noon, two fire engines, one ambulance and one fire rescue vehicle were still present, as well as six firefighters.
Among them was Chuck Pugh, assistant chief of North Garden Volunteer Fire Company. Pugh said he left his home for the fire at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, and that the house was still considered an active fire 12 hours later. Flames could be seen on a small portion of the property but were being contained by the crew on site.
The house had completely burned down, with what appeared to be a motorcycle among the burnt rubble.
The isolated residence near the woods was hundreds of yards from other residences, and Bogert said no other buildings or properties were damaged during the incident.