GOOCHLAND COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — An 8,000-square-foot home in Goochland County was destroyed by fire Tuesday morning.
Officials tell 8News they were called to the blaze shortly after 8 a.m. and spent more than an hour battling heavy flames that quickly spread throughout the home.
“When the first unit arrived on the scene the fire appeared to be contained mainly to the attached garage area of the home with extension into the main home,” Goochland County Interim Fire Chief Eddie Ferguson said.
“The fire spread quickly throughout the second floor and attic of the home. In just a matter of minutes, the entire home was fully involved with fire,” he added.
Family members and pets who were inside made it out safely before the flames engulfed the home, officials said.
“They’re all shook up, which is understandable,” said Caroline Moslow, a neighbor who is close with the family. “I was freaking out.”
Crews from Hanover and Powhatan counties assisted Goochland County; it took more than 15 units to cam the blaze.
The incident was marked under control at around 9:40 a.m., roughly an hour-and-a-half after the first crew arrived on scene.
“The occupant had made all the right decisions, had safely got herself out of the home as well as the children and her pets and made a quick 911 call,” Ferguson added.
Area residents say they must now rally around their devastated neighbors.
“It’s basically like my family’s house was burning down, so it’s sad to see all of them all upset because they’ve been there for me and always next door,” Moslow added. “It’s just sad.”