BRISTOL, Va. — Nearly four years after a couple perished in a Bristol, Virginia house fire, the structure caught ablaze again on Wednesday evening.
Bristol Virginia Fire Chief J.C. Bolling said neighbors saw the fire and called 911 about 6 p.m. When firefighters arrived on scene, they saw smoke and fire coming from the second floor of 804 Cumberland St., an historic home, also known as Graystone Apartments, at the corner of Solar Street.
Firefighters from Bristol, Tennessee assisted the crew, who were able to extinguish the flames and begin investigating the fire’s cause, which was unknown Wednesday evening.
Bolling said the residents were in the process of renovating the house, which had previously caught fire in 2010. On Dec. 29, 2010, local musician Allun Cormier and his girlfriend Lucy Brook Walton died in an early morning fire at the residence. The fire department reported they died of smoke inhalation.
Bolling said the 2010 fire started at an electric wall heater. The fire burned about 20 percent of the structure’s second level and caused about $80,000 in damage, according to a 2010 report.
The home, part of the Solar Hill Historic District, is a Colonial Revival-style structure built about 1905. It has since been subdivided into apartments, the national register reports.
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