Fire destroys four apartments, displaces 6 in Bedford County

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FOREST, Va. (WDBJ7) UPDATE

Toneshia Watkins/WDBJ7

Four units on the right side of the building had fire and/or smoke and/or water damage and were deemed uninhabitable by a Bedford County building inspector.

The building inspector determined that the rest of the building, the four units on the left side, should be temporarily vacated due to some smoke damage. The right-side units displaced six people. All affected residents in the left-half units should be able to return to their apartments in the next few days.

The estimated damage is $300,000.

The cause has not yet been determined. The Bedford Co. Department of Fire and Rescue is still investigating.

ORIGINAL

The Bedford County Fire Marshal's Office is investigating what caused a fire that ruined four apartments on Wednesday evening.

The fire started around 7:15 p.m. at an apartment building on the 1200 block of Homestead Garden Drive in Forest.

When firefighters arrived, they found that the rear deck of one of the second-floor apartments was on fire, as well as the attic area.

It took almost an hour for the fire to be extinguished.

No one was hurt.

The building inspector determined that four of the the eight apartments in the building were uninhabitable due to fire, water and/or smoke damage.

There is no damage estimate yet.

Investigators from the Bedford County Fire Marshal’s Office were on the scene until 3 a.m. on Thursday and will continue their investigation.