CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Two people are being praised for alerting a Chesterfield County family that their house was on fire, allowing everyone to safely escape the burning home.
Firefighters arrived at the house on Ironhorse Road at 12:43 a.m. Tuesday. As crews were fighting the fire, the roof of the house partially collapsed. No one was injured. There was also substantial damage to the first and second floor of the home.
The homeowner’s son, Harold Gamble — who was not home at the time of the fire — told 8News that two people were driving by the house when they saw the flames. They ran to neighbors and told them to call 911. They then banged on the door of the burning home to wake up his parents.
“Everybody was sleeping,” Gamble explained. “They woke them up and my parents ended up getting out of the house safely.”
Gamble says the house has been with the family for 12 years.
“Distraught … that’s the only thing I can say … distraught. I’m overwhelmed right now. Like I said, I have a lot of memories and hearing that right now, it’s kind of eerie. It’s an eerie feeling right now,” he said.
Although the family was forced out of their home, Gamble told 8News he’s just thankful his parents are safe.
“We have insurance … everything can be replaced. But family was the main thing,” Gamble said.
The family says their brown cat is still missing. It’s unclear if the cat was trapped inside or if it got out.
The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.