FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 28, 2020
FIRE ALARM PROVIDES EARLY WARNING IN UNIVERSITY BAPTIST CHURCH FIRE
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - Firefighters called to a fire alarm around 7 p.m. encountered smoke in a church sanctuary. A quick response by the City of Charlottesville firefighters prevented a catastrophic loss.
Firefighters from the Ridge Street Station arrived within minutes to the 1200 block of West Main Street. The emergency crews immediately entered the church and began searching for the source of the smoke. Firefighters found a small fire and extinguished it quickly. No injuries were reported and minimal damage occurred at the University Baptist Church.
The fire alarm installed and properly maintained by the church provided an early notification to the Charlottesville Fire Department who rapidly responded to prevent greater loss.
The city’s fire marshals are working with church leaders to investigate the cause of the fire.
Charlottesville Fire Department