Police: Mental health call linked to house fire Henrico County’s west end

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — One person was hospitalized after a home went up in flames in Henrico County’s west end Tuesday afternoon.

According to officials, crews responded to reports of a house fire in the 9600 block of Peppertree Drive off Pemberton Road at 4:25 p.m. When they arrived, they found flames coming from the top of a two-story residence.

Firefighters immediately pulled hose lines and began a search of the home. As firefighters pulled the ceiling on the second floor in order to access the fire in the attic, another crew located an injured victim on the first floor.

The victim, a male in his late 20s, was treated on scene before being transported to a local hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening, according to Captain Taylor Goodman with Henrico Fire.

Carlos Jimenez rushed to the scene of the fire after he said his best friend called him in a daze.

C064D3C904B14E639B717DE31610A84E“He told me that his son (the victim) set the house on fire and cut his throat,” Jimenez told 8News Reporter Matthew McClellan.

Minutes before Jimenez arrived on scene, fire crews had found the man’s son injured on the first floor.

Meanwhile, crews battled monstrous flames in the attic and the second floor. It took roughly 45 minutes to mark the fire under control.

“The entire roof had flames coming out of the top of it and certainly through the ends of the attic as well,” Captain Goodman said.

The victim is expected to be OK, but with a history of mental issues, Jimenez says his friend’s son has a long road of recovery ahead.

“He’s had some significant troubles in the past,” Jimenez said. “It’s a troubling time right now.”

The Fire Marshal is still investigating a cause of the fire.

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