Henrico Fire battles early morning blaze

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Firefighters were called to the 30 block of North Virginia Avenue in Henrico County on Saturday at 7 a.m. for a fire in the Highland Springs area of the county. Personnel arrived in less than four minutes and found a single-family home with fire through the roof.

Because of the large volume of fire, firefighters were initially forced to fight the fire from the exterior of the home. After quickly knocking down the fire from the outside, hose lines were taken inside to complete extinguishment. Searches were conducted, but it appears that the home was not occupied at the time of the blaze.

The fire was under control of 8:26 a.m.

“Our units operated initially on the exterior because of the heavy fire. We had reports from the neighbors this was a vs any structure, they hadn’t seen anyone living there,” Baynard told 8News.

The structure was vacant and there were no injuries reported. An investigation is pending.

As the temperatures cool, Henrico Fire wants to remind everyone to keep warm safely. Only use approved heating devices such as gas logs, wood stoves, and electric heaters, and remember to keep combustibles at least 36″ (3 feet) away from the heaters. Do not use ovens, stoves, or other makeshift devices to heat your home or apartment, as this could lead to fires and injuries.

This is a developing story. Stay with 8News online and on air for the latest updates.

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