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Two escape unharmed from morning fire in downtown

Photo provided by Michael Jones, deputy fire chief.

Photo provided by Michael Jones, deputy fire chief.

Two occupants escaped an early morning fire Wednesday at 307 Herndon St. that caused an estimated $60,000 in damage, Fredericksburg Fire Department Deputy Chief Mike Jones reported.

The Fredericksburg Fire Department and units from Stafford County responded this morning after dispatchers received the first call at 7:03 a.m., Jones said.

The house is located behind the Hardee’s restaurant on Princess Anne Street.

The first units to arrive found heavy fire coming from the left rear side of the 1 ½ story residence and received conflicting reports as to whether anyone was still inside, Jones said.

Fire Department units stretched multiple hose lines and made an aggressive interior attack on the fire while other crews searched the first and second floors of the residence to see if anyone else was still inside.

The search turned up no other occupants.  Firefighters quickly beat back the flames on the first level and then opened up the roof on the rear side to find fire in a concealed space behind the walls in the ½ story. This area was also quickly extinguished.  Firefighters then began the long process of checking for fire extension and overhauling the fire areas of the building.

No civilians or firefighters were injured, Jones said.

The Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause and origin of the fire.

The house was built in 1929 and is of wood frame construction, Jones said. The owner of the structure lives in Norfolk.