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Update: Fire Under Control at Altavista Bank

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Update 5:45 p.m.:

Altavista, VA - Officials believe a mulch fire outside the building is what caused the fire at the First National Bank on Main Street. Main Street is still closed.

The fire started a little after 3 pm and quickly spread into the entire building. They were able to get all six employees and one customer out of the building.

The bank's president says he's thankful everyone made it out safe and that the bank is so close to the Altavista Fire Department.

"They have excellent types of equipment, these conditions with low humidity, dry air and wind was the perfect combination. It was so quick you could feel the heat from where we are standing. As it appears… it's significant damage," said Todd Hall, the president and CEO of the bank.

The bank is still working to estimate the damage.

If you bank at First National Bank, the president says the bank is working on a contingency plan. They may set up a mobile bank and there are seven other locations where you can do business.


Update 4:30 p.m.:

Altavista, VA - The president of the First National Bank says the fire is under control and nobody was hurt after the bank caught fire around 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Six employees and one customer were inside the building when the fire started, but everyone got out safely. He says the bank is destroyed.

The president says the bank is totally insured.

***Video sent in by Kim Taylor in Altavista***


Altavista, VA – Campbell County crews are responding to a fire at First National Bank at Town and County Shopping Center. Traffic may be delayed on Main Street.

Officials with the Virginia Department of Transportation say motorists should avoid portions of US 29 Business, Main Street in Altavista Tuesday afternoon as emergency crews work to control the fire.

Main Street is closed at Seventh Street and at Lynch Mill Road to allow the fire department to run hoses across the roadway and to maintain a safe perimeter.

Motorists should seek alternate routes.

ABC 13 News has a crew on the scene and will bring you updates as they become available.

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