Couple taken to hospital after escaping Henrico townhouse fire

Henrico County

Crews battle 2 overnight fires

HENRICO, Va. (WRIC) — Two people were taken to the hospital and a townhome was destroyed in an early morning fire in Henrico County.

It happened on Twin Hickory Lake Drive shortly before 2 a.m.

Fire crews arrived to the townhome to find heavy fire from the first floor, second floor and attic. It took them over an hour to get the fire under control.

Crews later determined that a couple in their 70s, who did not have a working smoke alarm, woke when they began coughing from the smoke. They were unable to exit from their door and instead had to climb out a first-story window. They were taken first to Henrico Doctors Hospital before being transferred to VCU Medical Center for smoke inhalation.

The Red Cross is also helping another family — three adults and one child — who were burned out of their homes.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Hours earlier in the 3700 block of Whitlock Avenue, an unattended cooking container sparked a fire that left four residents displaced. A fire official said those residents were able to secure temporary housing.

No other residents or firefighters were injured.

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