Crews battle 2 house fires in Henrico County

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — It was a busy afternoon for the Henrico County Division of Fire as crews responded to two separate house fires within the same hour Monday afternoon.

Crews were called to the first incident at roughly 1:15 p.m. in the 7700 block of Lampworth Court in Varina. When they arrived, they found smoke and flames coming from the attic and roof of a two-story home.

Hose lines were put in place to fight the fire, and crews had to be withdrawn from the home for a short amount of time but were allowed back in to complete the extinguishment of the fire.  A search of the home revealed that no one was home, nor were any pets in the structure  The fire was marked under control in just over an hour.

The roof and attic of the home were lost, and the second floor suffered significant damage. Water damage was present on the first floor.  The occupants will not be able to return to the home immediately and have made arrangements to stay elsewhere.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

While crews were battling the fire, a separate unit was called to another house fire in the 1400 block of Green Pasture Road at approximately 1:40 p.m.

Crews arrived to find smoke coming from the roof and eaves of a single family, rancher-style home. One person was home at the time of the incident and suffered minor burns to her arm.

The fire was brought under control in less than 25 minutes. There was extensive fire damage to the attic, and smoke damage throughout the first floor. She was evaluated by fire department personnel on scene as she did not wish to be transported to the hospital for her injuries.

The Red Cross has been notified and will be assisting the occupant with her needs. The cause of the fire is under investigation at this time.

Henrico Fire would like to remind everyone to install working smoke alarms in all living and gathering areas of the home, including living rooms, bed rooms, and other common areas,” the department said in a release. “Smoke alarms should be checked and cleaned monthly, and have their batteries changed every six months as well.

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