NEW: Crews Respond To Fire Downtown

Apartments Damaged On South Main Street

Posted: July 22, 2014

Pedestrians watch as firefighters respond to an apartment fire that closed down much of downtown Harrisonburg on Tuesday evening. There were no injuries as a result of the fire, which occurred in a third-floor apartment on South Main Street, but the building's occupants were forced from their homes. (Photo by Bryan Gilkerson / DN-R)

HARRISONBURG Emergency crews shut down parts of downtown this evening as firefighters worked to extinguish a blaze in a building just south of Court Square.

The Harrisonburg Fire Department was called to 85 S. Main St. at about 7:23 p.m., where smoke was seen pouring out of a third-floor apartment.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze. Neither a cause nor damage estimate was immediately available.

South Main Street was closed to traffic between Franklin Street and Court Square, and Water Street was closed from South Main to South Liberty Street. Newman Avenue also was closed. All streets remained closed as of 8:45 p.m., and it was not clear when they would be reopened, according to Mary-Hope Vass, spokeswoman for the city of Harrisonburg.

The first floor of the building, located across Main Street from Billy Jack's Wing and Draft Shack, is home to Kline May Realty, while the second, third and fourth floors are apartments.

In addition to Harrisonburg, crews from Hose Company No. 4 and Weyers Cave responded to the incident.



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