PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC)—A Saturday morning apartment fire injured four residents and displaced two families.
At approximately 10 a.m. on Nov. 30, crews from the Petersburg Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services responded to the Jefferson South of the James apartment complex at 1800 Boydton Plank Road.
Firefighters arrived to find flames shooting out a window, the fire quickly spreading.
"There was heavy fire on the first floor, extended outside of the building and up through the exterior of the building to the roofline," said Chief Steve Bowling of the Petersburg Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services.
About a dozen people were inside the apartment building during the time of the fire; four of them were rushed to the hospital for smoke inhalation.
The fire was so severe that crews had to call for backup.
"We called for a second alarm, had assistance from Chesterfield County and Dinwiddie County and Colonial Heights coming to us," Bowling said.
Firefighters were able to put out the blaze and contain it to one apartment, but in the end, six apartments were damaged and two families are now without a place to live. The American Red Cross is assisting those families.
Authorities say the fire was likely an accident. There were not any working smoke detectors in the building.
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