Two Henrico Overnight Fires

Two fires overnight in Henrico, one with injuries

WRVA News
September 04, 2019 - 2:20 pm

Henrico County Fire Dept.

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Henrico County, VA _   Two fires broke out overnight in Henrico, one of which resulted in two injuries.  The first fire happened shortly after 9 p.m. in the 3700 block of Whitlock Avenue.  This fire started when a cooking container was left unattended on the stove top. Four occupants were displaced but they have been able to secure temporary housing.  No firefighters or residents were injured in this fire.

 

The second fire happened just before 2 a.m. in the 4600 block of Twin Hickory Lake Drive where an apartment fire forced several occupants to flee the building.  A couple in their 70s did not have a working smoke alarm and woke when they began coughing from the smoke.  The couple lives in a first-floor apartment and was not able to exit out of their door but instead had to go out of a window from their first floor apartment.  Unfortunately, the couple received injuries from smoke inhalation before they could escape.  Both were taken to Henrico Doctors Hospital and later transferred to VCU.  Firefighters were able to quickly contain and extinguish the fire and the Henrico Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the cause.  A family of a mother and son in a second apartment were also displaced.

 

Henrico Fire hopes these fires will remind everyone that:

A working smoke alarm is your best defense against any fire in your home.

Everyone in your home should know two ways out of every room.

Never leave food unattended on the stove.