Man, two dogs make it out alive after fire burns family home to the ground in Powhatan

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POWHATAN, Va. (WRIC) — Monday evening, fire crews in Powhatan responded to a rural house fire that burned a family’s home down to the ground.

Officials said the Powhatan County Public Safety Communications Center received a call for a house fire in the 3500 block of Archers Hill at 10:15 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 6. The caller said his home was on fire, but he was safely outside.

On Tuesday, flames could still be seen glowing and hot ashes could be heard crackling at the scene.

Next-door neighbors Pam and Tom Thomas watched in disbelief as the house went up in flames Monday night.

“He ran in and said the house next doors on fire and I ran out and it was already coming out the attic,” Pam Thomas said.

The Thomas’s ran over to help one man in the house that was able to make it out alive with two dogs.

“It’s very sad. It’s a very sad thing,” Tom Thomas told 8News Tuesday. He said the rest of the family just so happened not to be home when the fire engulfed the home.

The department said the first units arrived at the scene within 8 minutes of dispatch. They said the fire was throughout the two-story home’s attached garage and spread to the second floor and roof.

“It was just intense. It was so hot,” Pam Thomas said.

Crews used large house lines to attempt to control the fire since it was moving through the home at a fast rate. Since the house was in a rural location, the fire department said they used six tankers to haul water to the scene from a nearby hydrant.

Goochland County Fire Department also assisted at the scene, and provided coverage in case any other service calls came in.

The incident was under control in about 40 minutes, and the last unit left the scene about seven hours after the call was received.

This fire is still under investigation by the Powhatan Fire Marshal’s Office.

The department said no one was injured in the fire and the occupants are staying with relatives.

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