An abandoned house was condemned Thursday after a blaze tore through the building shortly after midnight.

Firefighters responded to the 2600 block of Lakeside Drive after receiving a 12:12 a.m. structure fire call, according to Lynchburg Emergency Communications.

Firefighters were able to quickly respond to the blaze because the home is less than 500 feet from Lynchburg Fire Department’s Station 7, Reeves said.

However, the blaze was too intense for firefighters to make an interior attack, Reeves said. Instead, they battled the blaze from outside and contained it to the abandoned house.

About 20 firefighters responded to the scene, Reeves said. One firefighter sustained a minor injury but did not require medical attention.

The cause of the blaze is unknown and under investigation, Reeves said.

As of 9 a.m., smoke still could be seen rising from the home. According to Reeves, firefighters are monitoring the building periodically to ensure the blaze does not start back up. He said he expects the building eventually will be demolished. 

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Richard Chumney covers breaking news and public safety for The News & Advance. Reach him at (434) 385-5547.

Richard Chumney covers breaking news and public safety for The News & Advance. Reach him at (434) 385-5547.

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