Apartment Fire Shutters Downtown

Posted: July 23, 2014

Pedestrians watch as firefighters respond to an apartment fire that closed down much of downtown Harrisonburg Tuesday night. (Photo by Bryan Gilkerson / DN-R)
Firefighters pull hose down a stairway at 85 S. Main St. after extinguishing a fire on the third floor over the offices of Kline May Realty on Tuesday evening. No one was reported injured. (Photo by Michael Reilly / DN-R)
Firefighters prepare to stow hose after responding to a third-floor apartment fire over the offices of Kline May Realty on South Main Street in downtown Harrisonburg on Tuesday evening. (Photo by Michael Reilly / DN-R)

HARRISONBURG — Firefighters from multiple departments responded to a blaze that closed down much of downtown Tuesday night.

At 7:23 p.m., the Harrisonburg Fire Department received the call about a fire that broke out in an apartment on the third floor of 85 S. Main St., according to city spokeswoman Mary-Hope Vass.

The building, situated across from Billy Jack’s Wing and Draft Shack, houses Kline May Realty on the first floor, while the second, third and fourth floors host a half-dozen apartments.

Vass said that it was too early to determine the cause of the fire, or to give an accurate estimate on the damage caused, though she did say that much of it occurred in the third floor apartment where the fire began, and the apartment directly below it.

There were no injuries reported, though one firefighter was taken away for medical observation.

The property managers for the building were working with the city to find shelter for the residents displaced by the fire, Vass said.

The fire closed down South Main Street between Franklin Street and Court Square for several hours Tuesday night. In addition, Water Street between South Federal and South Liberty streets was also closed, as well as Newman Avenue between South Federal and South Main streets.

All of HFD’s stations responded to the scene, as well as units from Hose Company No. 4 and Weyers Cave Volunteer Fire Company. Vass said that units from the Bridgewater Volunteer Fire Company were manning HFD’s stations while the city’s crews battled the downtown blaze.

Contact Bryan Gilkerson at 574-6267 or bgilkerson@dnronline.com

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