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Fatal fire prompts response changes in Albemarle

Monday - 5/5/2014, 10:30am  ET

KESWICK, Va. (AP) -- Albemarle County firefighters plan to change how they respond to rural fires following a fire earlier this year that killed a woman and two children.

The Daily Progress ( says a recent report by Albemarle Fire and Rescue found several issues regarding the January fire in Keswick. They include a disruption in the water supply to tankers, confusion between the first units to arrive on the scene and a shortage of command personnel at the scene.

Changes prompted by the report include standardizing procedures for supplying water to rural fires. A command team will be established to reduce confusion at large fires.

County spokeswoman Lee Catlin says county staff will support the department's recommendations.


Information from: The Daily Progress,

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