Cigarette Likely Culprit Of City Fire

Six Units Damaged, 23 Displaced In Blaze

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Posted: April 12, 2014

People walk in front of the charred exterior of a building at Chestnut Ridge Apartments on Friday, where a Thursday blaze damaged six apartments and left more than 20 residents homeless. (Photos by Nikki Fox)
Harrisonburg firefighters battle a blaze at Chestnut Ridge Apartments on Thursday.
Wind gusts spread smoke as responders take breaks while battling the fire. “The wind really played a role in making it difficult to take it out,” said Harrisonburg Assistant Fire Chief Ian Bennett.
Repairs start the day after a fire destroyed six apartments Chestnut Ridge Apartments.

HARRISONBURG — A discarded cigarette is the likely cause of Thursday’s fire that left more than 20 people homeless at Chestnut Ridge Apartments, according to the Harrisonburg Fire Department.

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