|A man and his wife were treated and released|
Fire gutted this duplex apartment building on Wray’s Chapel Road in Rocky Mount. Two of the occupants suffered minor injuries.
Friday, November 1, 2013
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
Two people sustained minor injuries when a fire gutted a duplex apartment building on Wray's Chapel Road in Rocky Mount Wednesday afternoon.
Leroy and Leslie Hansen, occupants of one of the apartment units, were transported to Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital, where they were treated and released, according to Fire Marshal Bennie Russell.
The fire started in an upstairs bedroom of the Hansen's unit at Green Akers Apartments and spread to the adjoining unit, Russell said. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.
The fire gutted both sides of the two-story structure, Russell said. The damage is estimated at $275,000.
The owner of the building, Dillard Akers, was insured, but the occupants, Hansen and Mike and Sheila Ramey, did not have renter's insurance, Russell said.
The American Red Cross is assisting the two families with meals, clothing and lodging.
When firefighters arrived, heavy smoke was billowing from both sides of the structure, Russell said. Volunteers had the blaze under control within 40 minutes.
The fire was extinguished in about two hours, but volunteers from Rocky Mount, Glade Hill, Boones Mill, Ferrum and Cool Branch fire departments remained on the scene until 6:45 p.m. to check for hot spots, Russell said.
Franklin County Public Safety also responded to the 3:45 p.m. call, along with Franklin County Rescue Squad. The Franklin County Sheriff's Office and Virginia State Police assisted with traffic control.