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Family displaced after Raintree house fire

A family of four has been displaced after a house fire over the weekend in the Raintree neighborhood north of Charlottesville.

While still under investigation, the fire is being considered accidental at this time, Albemarle County Fire Rescue said in a statement.

The fire department said career and volunteer crews responded at about 10:24 p.m. Saturday to reports of a fire in a residential structure in the 1200 block of Raintree Drive.

"The first arriving units arrived 5 minutes after dispatch to discover smoke and fire conditions in a two-story home," the fire department said in its statement. "Occupants were home at the time of the fire and were able to evacuate safely and without injury, along with both their pets."

However, those occupants have now been displaced. County authorities said they are being assisted by relatives.

The Albemarle fire marshal’s investigation into the case is ongoing, but early indicators suggest the fire was accidental in nature, according to the fire department.

"We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to have working smoke alarms and know two ways out of their home," authorities added. "Make your escape plan with resources available at"


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