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Fire at Danville adult-care facility displaces 12

January 23, 2012
Justin Ward/NEWS7

DANVILLE, Va. — A dozen people are homeless this morning after a late night fire ripped through their house.

It happened just before eight last night on Broad Street in Danville at Lea's Home for Adults, a group home for mentally disabled adults.

All 12 people and a caretaker made it out of the home safely.

Fire crews were able to control the fire within 20 minutes of it starting but fire and smoke still destroyed most of the rooms inside.

Investigators aren't sure how the fire started.

The residents are staying at a local homeless shelter.

Here is the news release from the Danville Fire Department:

At 7:34 pm this evening the Danville Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 157 Broad St. Units responded from Bridge St., Industrial Ave., and the Airport Station. The first unit arriving on the scene reported heavy fire and smoke showing from a large single story adult care facility. The fire was brought under control within 20 minutes and the units were on the scene for approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes putting out hidden fires, assisting residents and helping the Fire Marshall's Office
with it's investigation. In all, three Engines, one Ladder Truck, one Command Unit, a Safety Officer and two staff units along with 22 personnel worked the fire scene. There were no injuries and all the
residents were out of the building when fire units arrived. About 50% of the structure was destroyed by the fire and the remainder of the house was heavily damaged by heat and smoke. Thirteen residents were displaced and the Red Cross along with the Homeless Shelter are providing temporary shelter for them. The Danville Life Saving Crew, Police Department, Water & Gas and Electric Departments provided assistance at the scene.

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