Family of 7 displaced in Henrico County house fire

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A mother and her six kids have been displaced after a house fire in Henrico County’s east end Thursday afternoon.

Fire officials were made aware of the fire after receiving calls around 12:20 p.m. about a fire in the 3100 block of Yeadon Road. This is near the intersection of Mechanicsville Turnpike and Harvie Road.

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The first units arrived on scene in six minutes to smoke and fire showing from several windows of the home. A portion of the yard was also on fire.

Firefighters immediately began their search of the home for possible victims while also fighting the fire. Shortly thereafter it was determined that no one was inside and firefighters were able to put the fire out.

Nobody was injured as a result of the fire.

The seven occupants are being assisted by the Red Cross.

Sadiqua Chambliss says she was working when she got a terrifying call about the fire from her 18-year-old son. Chambliss says her son was home alone. He was washing clothes when he smelled smoke. He heard the smoke alarms but didn’t pay much attention assuming the batteries were going dead.

“Then when he went to go into his room because he was cleaning up he went to turn the door knob and it was hot and opened the door and the flames engulfed and it just escalated,” Chambliss said.

The fire marshal’s office is investigating but has yet to determine the cause of the fire.

Officials said that the Red Cross was on scene to assist the residents who were displaced.

Friends created a GoFundMe account to raise money to help the family.

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