HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — An overnight house fire in Henrico’s east end displaced a family, including three kids, overnight Monday.
The home, located in the 7200 block of Alvis Court off of Tree Ridge Road, suffered heavy smoke and fire damage to the garage, upstairs bedrooms and the attic, which caved in. But the McKenzie family made it out safely — not because of luck, they say, but because of planning.
Around 1:30 on Monday morning, homeowner David McKenzie woke to the piercing noise of a smoke alarm. McKenzie said he opened the door to the garage and office space and immediately knew what was happening.
“I ran downstairs and felt the heat, saw the smoke, heard the popping. So I turned around and told my kids everybody get the hell out of here.”
Troi McKenzie said it took only seconds for them to get their three kids (ages 4, 9 and 12) out of the house. The McKenzies are now grateful for an evacuation plan firefighters helped them put in place when they first moved in.
“I see stuff like this on TV all the time and I just wanted to make sure my kids understood what to do in case of a fire and where to be,” Troi said.
Without the working alarm and plan things could have been much worse… two of the kids’ bedrooms were above the garage and sustained heavy damage.
“We have to start all over, there’s nothin’ there.”
But the McKenzies say the important thing is, they’re all safe.
“Got to appreciate the small things,” David McKenzie said.
The Red Cross is assisting the McKenzies.
It took crews about an hour to get the blaze under control. The cause of the fire is under investigation at this time.
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