HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — One person is dead after a house fire in the Highland Springs area of Henrico County.

According to the Henrico County Fire Department, five units responded to a house on the 200 block of Westover Avenue in the Highland Springs area at around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 1.

When they got there, the responding units saw heavy fire coming from the second and third floors of the house, as well as the roof. Inside, they found an adult who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Viola Huskerson has lived off of Westover Avenue for decades. Although she didn’t
know the people living in the house, her sympathy is still with them.

“I’m just sorry to hear about it. It just breaks my heart,” explains Huskerson.

Huskerson says the fire is shocking to residents including herself and wasn’t normal for the quiet street.

“I’ve been here twenty seven years if better. Never have I ever seen a fire on this street,” Huskerson tells 8News.

The units attempted to take the body out of the house but the fire conditions forced them to retreat and extinguish the fire from outside. The person’s identity has not yet been determined.

This is a developing story, stay with 8News for updates.