UPDATED 5:09 P.M.– 35 people lost their home after an afternoon fire erupted at the Old Buckingham Station Apartments in Midlothian.
40 firefighters responded to the scene on the 12000 block of Buckingham Station Drive for a report of an apartment fire. The aggressive flames started around 2 p.m.
“I cannot believe nobody was hurt,” Stephanie Seal, who rushed to the scene after hearing her sister’s apartment was in danger said. “But, I’m so thankful nobody was.”
Chesterfield Fire confirmed to 8News that two cats died and one dog was rescued in the blaze.
Lt. Jason Elmore, with Chesterfield Fire, said 19 units were affected. The American Red Cross is helping the families get back on their feet.
“The materials are going to be re-bought,” Karen Seal, mother of a resident said. “But, thank God that I have my family together for Thanksgiving.”
The preliminary report shows the fire likely started on a patio.
Fire investigators are still working to determine the cause of the blaze.