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Apartment Fire Causes $100,000 Damage

Alexandria Fire and EMS units responded to an apartment fire at 14 Ashby St., Saturday, Nov. 8, at approximately 6:43 a.m. Upon arrival at the two-story apartment building firefighters found fire coming from the front window.

Heavy smoke was encountered when the front door of the building was forced open, according Alexandria Fire Department Public Information Officer Capt. Luis Santano. A second alarm was requested based on the time of day and the fact that the building had not been evacuated, Santano reported.

It was determined the fire had started in the living room area and was quickly extinguished. There were no reported injuries although three other units in the building sustained some smoke damage. No working alarms were present in the unit where the fire was located, according to Santano.

Damage is estimated at $12,000 to the affected unit and $100,000 to the building. Cause of the blaze remains under investigation. Residents of the unit declined assistance from the Red Cross and are staying with family in the area, Santano reported.