People escape unharmed, dog dies in afternoon fire in Henrico County

Henrico County

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. – (WRIC) – Fire officials battled a blaze this afternoon on Valentine Road that left significant damage to a 3,000 square-foot home.

Four people were at the home with the fire broke out and all escaped safely with no injuries. But according to neighbors, a dog that was at the home died at the scene.

Fire officials received a call about the house fire at about 2:30 p.m. and were able to get the fire under control around 3:45 p.m. The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to fire officials at the scene.

The home is located in the 2100 block of Valentine Road off Woodman Road in Henrico County. Valentine Road is blocked to traffic at this time and will be passable again around 5:30 p.m., according to officials.

Fire on Valentine Road in Henrico County
Fire on Valentine Road in Henrico County, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. (Photo: Henrico County Fire Department)
Fire on Valentine Road in Henrico County,
Fire on Valentine Road in Henrico County, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. (Photo: Paul Nevadomski)
Fire on Valentine Road in Henrico County, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. (Photo: Paul Nevadomski)
Fire on Valentine Road in Henrico County, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. (Photo: Paul Nevadomski)
Fire on Valentine Road in Henrico County, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. (Photo: Paul Nevadomski)
Fire on Valentine Road in Henrico County, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. (Photo: Paul Nevadomski)
Fire on Valentine Road in Henrico County
Fire on Valentine Road in Henrico County, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. (Photo: Nick Conigliaro)
Fire on Valentine Road in Henrico County, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. (Photo: Paul Nevadomski)
Fire on Valentine Road in Henrico County, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. (Photo: Paul Nevadomski)
Fire on Valentine Road in Henrico County
Fire on Valentine Road in Henrico County, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. (Photo: Nick Conigliaro)
Fire on Valentine Road in Henrico County, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. (Photo: Paul Nevadomski)
Fire on Valentine Road in Henrico County, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. (Photo: Paul Nevadomski)
Fire on Valentine Road in Henrico County, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. (Photo: Paul Nevadomski)
Fire on Valentine Road in Henrico County, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. (Photo: Paul Nevadomski)

The homeowners decline to speak to 8News, but neighbors who witnessed fire roar through the home said it was “a tragedy in the making.”

“Most people have never seen a fire like that…there were flames, 10 feet, coming out of the window,” said Bill Payne. “I knew it was close, so we headed down the street. We saw the back porch totally engulfed in flame, and she called it in and by the time we walked to see the front of the house flames were coming out. I’ve never seen anything spread so rapidly.”

Bill and Nancy Payne told 8News the homeowners were inside when the home caught fire.

“They don’t have a clue how it started,” Nancy Payne told 8News. “They said that all of a sudden, they were working and all of a sudden there was smoke and then there was flame. So they got out of the house as fast as they could.”

The Payne add that they’re happy their neighbors were able to make it out the home unharmed, telling 8News, “we were really grateful that the whole family was out, they were very fortunate.”

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