HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Three Henrico residents are being assisted by the American Red Cross after a fire engulfed their home Thursday. Fire officials told 8News the home was declared a total loss.
Crews were called to the 3400 block of Glenwood Ridge Road on Thursday for reports of a kitchen fire. When they arrived, firefighters found “heavy fire venting from several windows and doors on the front and rear of dwelling.”
According to Henrico fire, the blaze caused extensive damage to all three floors of the home and exterior after extending into the attic and across the entire length of the house. 8News learned that an unattended stove, the leading cause of house fires in the county, sparked the fire.
“We certainly have seen, interestingly with the COVID going on, a spike in kitchen fires because we have so many people who are home,” said Henrico County Fire Battalion Chief Doug Reynolds.
Neighbors who spoke with 8News say they didn’t know a fire broke out until emergency crews arrived on the scene. Witnesses recount then seeing huge amounts of smoke and fire ripping through their neighbor’s home.
Battalion Chief Doug Reynolds told 8News they had to start battling the flames immediatedly.
“There was so much fire that it spread around that we gotta pull pretty much most of the walls, all the ceilings to be able to make sure there’s no hidden fires, Reynolds said. “And that’s one of the biggest things we’re looking for right now.”
Luckily, everyone inside the home made it out safe.
The three adults who live at the home did not report any injuries and are being assisted with housing and personal items.
Henrico Fire used this incident to remind residents the importance of teaching kids the danger of leaving the stove unattended while cooking.
“You need to have a working smoke detector in your house,” Reynolds added. “No need for anybody not to have one.”
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