*Many of you have called our newsroom tonight, wanting to know how to help Pamela Pollard, who was affected by today's 2-alarm apartment fire in Henrico. Last month she lost almost everything she had when Hurricane Sandy hit New York.
The local Red Cross chapter tells us they are working with everyone affected by today's fire. The best way to help Pamela and the others is by calling the Red Cross at 804-780-2250. Please pass it on!*
HENRICO, VA— A two-alarm fired ripped through the Chase Gayton Apartment Complex in Henrico County on Thursday.
Eight apartments were affected by the fire. Two units were a total loss; six units suffered smoke and water damage, according to fire officials.
No one was injured when the fire broke out the complex, located at 36 Chase Gayton Circle in Henrico County.
Fire officials said heavy smoke was visible when crews arrived on scene.
Pamela Pollard is a New York resident, but evacuated when her home was flooded during Hurricane Sandy. She arrived in Richmond just three days ago. Pamela was one of the victims of the fire, and lost all of her possessions in the blaze.
"I woke up and somebody's banging on the door, saying get out of the apartment because the balcony's on fire," Pamela said of the incident. "So I get out and what I did have, what I brought with me from New York, it's gone. I have nothing, anything. This fire here... I'm having flashbacks of Sandy. And now here, and now I'm here and I don't know."
What sparked the fire is unknown at this time, but fire officials are investigating the situation. Though her belongings are gone, Pamela remains grateful.
I wind up losing everything, and now I just have the clothes on my back, that's it. That's all I have, I have nothing...I have my life though."