Chester fire ruled suspicious; 1 person seriously injured

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The  Fire Marshal in Chesterfield County calls a Sunday night fire on Sherri Drive suspicious. Investigators are still trying to determine where the fire started and why.

The blaze seriously injured 35-year-old Nya Reynolds, who was the only one home at the time.

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On Monday, her brother, Jakoury Reynolds, broke down after looking inside his badly burned home.

9D94C6BB46F243D38B5ACE6265AD5375“I just know that my sister was here when it started. I’m not sure how it happened or what started the fire,” he explained.

Flames destroyed pretty much everything the family owns. Reynolds and his sister live with their parents. It’s unsettling to all of them that the fire has been deemed suspicious.

“I have no comment on that right now because I don’t know what to think,” J. Reynolds told 8News Reporter Kristin Smith.


Lieutenant Jason Elmore with Chesterfield Fire & EMS added, “a lot of times when they declare something suspicious, it’s because an area of origin where they believe the fire would have started, there’s nothing probable there that would have started it.”

N. Reynolds is sedated at VCU Medical Center, so no one including fire investigators has been able to talk with her about what happened.

Investigators hope to have more answers with the next couple of days.

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