Henrico motel fire leaves more than a dozen displaced: ‘It felt like you were inside a microwave’

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A motel fire near Richmond International Airport drew a large presence from first responders in Henrico County Thursday night.

The blaze happened just before 9 p.m. at the Capital Inn motel in the 5400 block of Williamsburg Road. Henrico Police were first to arrive on scene and began knocking on doors to let hotel stayers know they had to leave.

Officials say five rooms were damaged by the fire. Fortunately, no one was injured, though two firefighters were treated and transported to a local hospital for precautionary reasons and were said to be doing ‘just fine’ Friday morning.

Sixteen people were affected, however. They were temporarily put on an airport bus to keep warm.

8News spoke with one tenant who was staying directly above the room where the fire started and had to be relocated with his wife, son, daughter and grandson.

“As I was cooking, the dude downstairs he was outside walking back and forth,” Keenan Cromwell said. “You could smell smoke, but he didn’t say anything. The other guy came running out the room yelling, ‘smoke! There’s a fire!”

Cromwell said the smoke quickly made its way up to his room.

“My wife opened the door and smoke came into the room and I told everyone to get out,” Cromwell explained. “It felt like you were inside a microwave.”

“I’m just happy everybody got out alive.”

Keenan Cromwell

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

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