RICHMOND (WRIC) - Dozens of people at a Richmond assisted living facility were evacuated and left standing in the freezing cold after fire broke out Monday evening.
It happened at Charnwood Forest Apartments on Crutchfield Street.
People in walkers, wheelchairs, on oxygen and those needing help lined the street as they were forced from their homes so crews could battle the fire.
Two people were taken to the hospital for minor smoke inhalation, but many others are waiting to get back into their home.
"I [felt] like [I would] pass out with all the smoke," says resident Ruth Holly. "[You] couldn't even see your hand in front of you."
The fire started around 7 p.m. Smoke began filling the second floor and many say they smelled something burning.
Firefighters were called and every person inside was forced to leave.
"There were some people we actually had to remove from the building because they couldn't evacuate on their own," says Lt. Robbie Hagaman.
Wrapped in blankets, clutching their walkers and wheelchairs, residents were helped onto GRTC buses to keep warm.
Others waited in the cold rain.
Crews say the fire was mainly contained to one section of the second floor and most of the residents should be able to return home.
"They're saying that we can get back in later on when they find out everything is alright."
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