A family of three and a pet dog living in the Oak Hill neighborhood just south of Charlottesville have been displaced after a house fire Monday afternoon.
Albemarle County Fire Rescue were dispatched to the 1200 block of Oak Hill Drive at about 4:30 p.m., the department said in a statement.
The address happens to be less than a quarter of a mile away from the Albemarle Fire Rescue headquarters building on Stagecoach Road off Fifth Street.
The fire department said that the first units arrived on the scene fewer than five minutes after dispatch to find a fire visible through the second-floor window of a townhouse.
All residents who were at home at the time the fire started were able to evacuate safely and without injury, the department said.
“Responding fire units used aggressive fire suppression tactics to ensure the flames did not spread to the adjacent home while conducting a search of the building for any trapped residents or pets,” according to authorities. “One dog was rescued by firefighters and reunited with its owner.”
The dog was found downstairs in the townhouse and away from the flames, according to reports.
The fire is under investigation and the matter is being looked into by the Albemarle County fire marshal, the department said.
The Red Cross is providing assistance to the displaced family.
“We encourage everyone in our community to take this opportunity to ensure you and your loved ones are prepared for an emergency,” Albemarle Fire Rescue said in a statement. “Have an evacuation plan and a designated meet-up spot in the event of an emergency evacuation.”