Assault Call Pins firefighters as Charlottesville (VA) House Fire Kills 3

Legal protocols dictates that firefighters responding to a call remain at the scene until police have secured it — even as a fire roars a short drive away, reports The News & Advance.

Such a scenario unfolded early Saturday, when an East Rivanna volunteer fire crew responded to a call for an assault-related injury. As those firefighters awaited police, officials said, flames shot from a Keswick farmhouse less than two miles away. A fire department seven miles from the house responded first.

The fire killed a woman and her two children, ages 2 and 8. Her husband discovered the fire when he came home from work. Authorities have not identified the victims. Friends have said the husband was hospitalized at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

Authorities still are investigating the cause of the fire.

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