Apartment attic catches fire in Chesterfield County forces 19 people out of their homes

Chesterfield County

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The Chesterfield County Fire Department responded to a two-alarm fire on Lake Point Drive Monday evening.

According to officials, the fire started in the attic space at the top of one of the buildings. There were 19 people displaced by the fire.

Alencia Peay lives feet away from where the fire started and said the smoke was so thick Monday night she could smell it even with her door closed.

“The smell was just like overpowering to the point where I was like, we’ve got to hurry up and close the door,” she told 8News Tuesday. “It was strong. It was very, very strong.”

Firefighters arrived to the scene at 6:32 p.m., just minutes after the first call about the fire and the fire was fully extinguished by 7:15 p.m. It was classified as a two-alarm fire.

“It’s disbelief because you don’t think anything like that is going to happen,” Peay said. “And my first reaction was, I hope whoever’s over there, they got out and no one got hurt.”

Officials said no one was hurt during the incident.

Tuesday, Servpro crews were on site to clean up the damage after the fire left a gaping hole in the roof and torn siding.

Servpro crews clean up damage Tuesday after a fire left 19 people without a home at one Chesterfield apartment complex Monday. (Photo: 8News Reporter Sabrina Shutters)

An exact cause has not been determined yet but Chesterfield Fire has confirmed that the incident was accidental.

According to officials, this is the second fire at the complex in the last six months. The first fire was in a different building on Pavilion Place in January that left 17 people without a home.

This is a developing story, stay with 8News for updates.

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