64-year-old woman dies in apartment fire in Albemarle County

Virginia News

ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A 64-year-old woman died in an apartment fire Saturday afternoon in Albemarle County.

Fire crews were called to Northwoods Grove Road around 1:00 p.m. and were able to put out the flames within minutes.

Ruth Hart was declared dead on-scene.

Smoke detectors activated and alerted nearby neighbors to the fire. 

No other injuries were reported and it does not appear that anyone else was home at the time of the fire.

One dog was rescued from the apartment. The victim’s spouse and dog are being assisted by the American Red Cross.

Investigators determined the cause of the fire to be from smoking materials, such as cigarettes.

 Damage to the apartment unit is estimated to be $30,000.

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