Henrico firefighters rescue people trapped on balcony during apartment fire

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Crews in Henrico County spent roughly 45 minutes battling an apartment fire in the county’s north side Monday night.

Crews arrived at Essex Village Apartments in the 100 block of Engleside Court at around 10 p.m.

When crews arrived on the scene, they found heavy smoke coming from the two-story apartment building.

“While firefighters quickly put a ladder up to assist residents trapped on a balcony, other firefighters aggressively searched the affected apartments,” a Henrico Fire spokesperson said. “The crews pushed their way through very high heat conditions to reach the seat of the fire, where hose lines made quick work of the fire.”

Henrico Fire said smoke from the blaze did travel to surrounding apartments, however.

The fire was marked under control approximately 45 minutes after crews arrived.

Although no one was injured, a total of 8 units were affected by the fire and 15 people were displaced. Apartment management and the Red Cross are providing assistance to those displaced.

Henrico Fire Marshals continue their investigation into what sparked the fire.

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