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Fire in Albemarle County leaves house in ruins

A fire in Overton just south of Charlottesville has left a house in ruins and its two residents displaced.

While both residents were able to escape, their pet cat is missing. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, according to Albemarle County authorities.

Career and volunteer crews with Albemarle County Fire Rescue were dispatched to a reported fire in the 3000 block of Rolling Road around 9:07 p.m. Monday.

"The first apparatus arrived on the scene 15 minutes after dispatch to discover heavy smoke and fire conditions," the fire department said in a statement issued later Monday night.

While both residents were able to safely self-evacuate, department officials said one did receive a medical evaluation at the scene.

"The single-family home is considered a total loss due to the fire," according to the fire department. "The two residents have been displaced and are being assisted by family members and the American Red Cross."

The Albemarle County Fire Marshal’s Office is conducting an investigation into the cause of the fire.

The fire department took the opportunity Monday night to remind the public that working smoke alarms save lives. Important safety tips on how to keep your home and family safe can be found at albemarle.org/safeathome.

Source: www.dailyprogress.com

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