CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC)—Chesterfield
County Fire Marshals have determined that fireplace ashes caused a house fire
on Monday afternoon.
At 3:47 p.m. on Feb. 17, the Chesterfield
County Department of Fire & Emergency Medical responded to a home at 9024
Pepperidge Road for a report of a fire. The blaze had taken over the basement
and first floor of the residence, and crews found heavy smoke coming from the
home upon their arrival. It took nearly a half hour to get the blaze under
control, and the house suffered significant damage.
The Greater Richmond Chapter of the
American Red Cross is assisting the three adults and one child who were
displaced by the fire.
On Tuesday morning, the Chesterfield
Fire & EMS announced that the fire was accidental, caused by fireplace
ashes that had been placed in a basement trash can.
Chesterfield Fire & EMS said in
a press release, "Fire officials would like to remind you that fireplace ashes
should be placed in a metal container and removed from the home. Once outside
the home, it is always a good practice to wet down the ashes thoroughly to
ensure they have been extinguished."