On December 7, 2018 at approximately 9:21 a.m., the Winchester Fire and Rescue Department (WFRD) responded to a possible structure fire at 200 Bellview Avenue, where heavy smoke was seen exiting the eaves of the residence. Once on scene, firefighters discovered an active smoldering fire in the attic. The call was then upgraded to a structure fire.
Two adults were present at the residence when the fire began and were able to evacuate without injury. Both adults and one child, who was not present at the time of the incident, have been displaced by the fire. The Red Cross was contacted to assist the displaced occupants.
Winchester Fire Marshal Jeremy Luttrell ruled the fire as accidental and determined the cause to be an overloaded electrical circuit. The damage was assesed to be approximately $20,000. The residence did have a working smoke alarm.
The scene was cleared at approximately 12:35 p.m. All four city units responded to the scene and were assisted by the Millwood Station Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department. The WFRD would like to thank the Round Hill, Stephens City, and Greenwood volunteer fire & rescue departments for their assistance as well.