Harrisonburg Fire Causes $250k in Damages

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The fire at Chestnut Ridge Apartments Thursday displaced 21 people, according to the building owners.

Credit: Greg Arey

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- The fire at Chestnut Ridge Apartments Thursday displaced 21 people, according to the building owners.

The two-alarm fire began before 3:30 p.m. Thursday and caused $250,000 in damages, after spreading to six apartments.

The cause of the fire is still undetermined; however, the Harrisonburg Fire Department believes it may have started with a cigarette butt being thrown on mulch.

The Red Cross is providing assistance with the immediate disaster caused needs and will continue to coordinate recovery efforts.

"It's like having your whole world just break down on you. Especially when you have kids, you can't explain to your kids what just happened. It's hard. You need to be prepared. A fire gets up quick. I don't know how fast, but it's really fast," said Rosy Ozoria, who's apartment was destroyed by the fire.

No injuries were reported from the fire.

All of the renters had renter's insurance, according to the building owners.


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