Two pets and a home on High Street in Appomattox were saved today after a fire originating from a stove took over the kitchen.
The Appomattox Volunteer Fire Department (AVFD) and Concord Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD) responded to an appliance fire around 10:40 to 10:50 a.m. today, and the Town of Appomattox closed streets in the area during the incident.
According to AVFD Fire Chief Jonathan Garrett, smoke was coming out of the house when crews arrived, so they made entry into the front door and found an active fire in the kitchen around the area of the stove.
“They were able to extinguish the fire pretty quickly and prevent further damage to the structure,” Garrett said. “And then, while they were in there, crew started searching the house, and they located a small dog and a cat that they were able to get out and provide some oxygen to,” Garrett said.
He added that the pets were OK and were returned back to the homeowner. The residents also were able to get out safely when they noticed the smoke and were unharmed.
Garrett said the fire was knocked out within 10 minutes after arriving. He added that crew members stayed on scene cleaning up hot spots and getting smoke out of the house for about an hour to an hour and 15 minutes.
The fire caused extensive damage in the kitchen and minor smoke damage throughout the house, but the home was not a total loss.
The family will be displaced for a while due to the incident, and Red Cross is assisting the family.
AVFD arrived first and responded with Engine 1, Engine 3, and Ladder 7. CVFD responded with Engine 13-1 and Rescue 13.
“They were here in 10 minutes or less," said homeowner Jeff Martin. "Pretty much saved my house.”
He expressed his thanks to both fire departments and specifically mentioned the Concord Volunteer Fire Department for coming out to help.
Garrett said that the fire originated from the stove, but he did not know the particulars of what caused the fire. He added that the house had a working smoke alarm and provided some general advice to prevent kitchen fires.
“Just use extra caution when you’re around the stove and make sure y’all don’t leave anything unattended,” he said.
At around 4 p.m., an electrician was at the house, and the power was turned back on.