CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The Chesterfield Fire Department fought two house fires in the 10800 block of W Huguenot Road Friday afternoon.
The department said units originally responded to one house fire at 10809 W Huguenot Road, but after arriving found the home next door had also caught on fire.
The fire started in a back room on the first floor of the house. People were inside at the time of the fire but no one was injured.
The fire in the house next door was in the kitchen. No one was home at the time of the fire except for a dog who made it out safely.
The Chesterfield Fire Department says the cause of both fires appears to be downed power lines.
The homeowner of the second house says a branch took down a power line outside of their home and impacted a service line directly connected to their house.
Fire Chief John Boatwright says the ice storm is the possible source of the problems.
“As we know we are in unprecedented times here with the ice storms that we’ve had back to back. A lot of stress has been put on our electrical grid, we’ve had powerlines down all around,” Boatwright said. “What we ask folks is just to be careful with electricity.”
The fires displaced two families, impacting a total of six to eight people. Neither home was totally lost but both suffered damage in at least one room.
After a reported transformer blow out and seeing smoke from both homes along west Huguenot near Woodmont Drive, neighbor Martinia Arel says she turned off the breaker in her house—hoping hers wouldn’t catch fire.
“We just assumed it was maybe a power surge that caused it so, of course we were worried about it going somewhere else,” Arel said.
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