“It was horrific”: Chesterfield Village apartment fire leaves 12 without homes

Chesterfield County

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Twelve people have been displaced from their homes after an apartment fire in North Chesterfield early Wednesday Morning.

One neighbor in the Chesterfield Village apartments stood outside and watched as the buildings went up in flames.

“It was horrific,” Denise Martin described.  

Chesterfield Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the fire at 7743 Bannockbarn Dr. around 4:50 a.m., where they saw flames coming through the roof of the building.

“We were woken up this morning by the fire truck lights and the noise they brought with them,” Martin said. “We looked out the window and it was already in full swing… the roof was already being swallowed by the fire”

The fire was marked under control almost an hour later at 5:45 a.m., and no injuries have been reported as a result of the fire.

The Red Cross is assisting three people with housing, Battalion Chief Jake Britt said the rest are staying with family.

“It was surreal…not knowing what happened and seeing all of your neighbors out here on the grass and sidewalks in the clothes they had on, cold,” Martin said. “Watching everyone fight the fire… it was surreal and definitely horrible.”

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

This is a breaking news story, and will be updated with more information as gathered.

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