Lynchburg Fire officials are crediting firefighters and bystanders for helping keep a Friday night blaze in a historic downtown building from spreading to adjacent apartments. The fire broke out at the historic Cottage Stillroom Candle Factory on Cabell Street. Greg Wormser says one fire hydrants was more than a block away:
Wormser says the fire started accidentally and spread quickly because of the candle-making materials inside. One person inside at the time was slightly injured. Wormser says he hopes the building can be saved.
EARLIER: Flames and smoke were visible from downtown Lynchburg as numerous crews battled a blaze on Cabell Street. Much of the area around Cabell and Fifth Street was blocked to traffic last night around 6pm and into the evening.
The fire broke out at The Cottage Stillroom and Beeswax Candle Factory building, which also was the former Caskie Paper Co. building.
Fire officials say one person inside was injured with burns to the arm. Those injuries are not expected to be life-threatening.
Flames were visible shooting out of the roof of a candle shop building on Cabell Street off Rivermont Avenue near Point of Honor.
Those flames diminished as the sun set, but smoke spread throughout the nearby streets and billowed into the sky from the fire.