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Taylor Lofts fire displaces three families

A kitchen fire Monday night at Taylor Lofts Apartments has displaced three families, according to South Boston Fire Chief Steve Phillips.

South Boston Fire Department along with the American Red Cross and Halifax County Emergency Services Coordinator Kirby Saunders responded to the 8:09 p.m. kitchen fire at 340 Ferry Street in South Boston with four trucks and 17 firefighters.

They were assisted by Halifax Volunteer Fire Department with two trucks and 10 firefighters and Cluster Springs Volunteer Fire Department with one truck and five firefighters.

Phillips said the fire started from the kitchen stove in apartment 116 and caused the sprinkler system to go off in the apartment extinguishing the fire. 

Water damage extended to two additional apartments also displacing those occupants.

According to Phillips, firefighters used a sprinkler chock to block the water flow.

Firefighters estimated smoke, fire and water damage to the apartment building at $50,000. No one was injured.

“The fire wasn’t devastating. A majority of the damage was water from the sprinkler. The fire was contained to the kitchen. Unfortunately the water ran a good amount of time, and there was no way to stop it,” according to Emergency Services Coordinator Saunders. 

Saunders arrived on the scene shortly after 8 p.m. to determine whether or not it was necessary to set up a community shelter for the impacted residents.

However, he said that was unnecessary. 

He also assessed the safety of residents and determined who was safe to stay in the building and which residents would have to stay somewhere else until fire damages can be repaired.

According to Saunders, Taylor Lofts houses a total of 47 apartments, and three apartments were affected by the fire displacing eight to nine people.

Halifax County Chapter of the American Red Cross Executive Director Ginger Weaver said the Red Cross is assisting the displaced occupants with immediate emergency needs. 

Saunders commended the county fire departments who responded to the blaze saying, “They did a great job working together.”