One adult and three children lost their lives in an overnight house fire in Chesterfield. Officials said several others are in critical condition.
Fire crews were called to the 9900 block of Glass Road shortly after midnight on Friday. Once they arrived on the scene, firefighters found heavy fire from the first-floor window and immediately went into rescue mode.
A second and third alarm was called after hearing from neighbors that there were multiple people trapped inside. Officials said one man was pronounced dead on the scene after being found at the original location of the fire. During a press conference, fire officials said that three children died during the fire.
Several others were taken to the hospital. Their conditions are unknown at this time. Crews are still working to learn how many people were inside the home at the time of the fire.
WRIC-TV ABC 8 Richmond
VIDEO: Richmond Fire Chief Melvin Carter presented a report to the community discussing the number of fatal fires in the City of Richmond so far this year.
Chief Carter also discussed the department’s action plan for preventing fire injuries and deaths.
The City of Richmond has had three fatal fires this year. In 2020, there were two fatal fires as well in 2019. In 2018, Richmond Fire did not experience any fire deaths.
“We only got a quarter through the year and unfortunately lost three lives,” Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney said during the presentation.
Mayor Stoney advised that all families come up with an emergency exit in case of a fire in their home. Chief Carter said the department is working to reduce fire fatalities and incidents.
“One life lost, is one life lost too many,” Carter said.
WRIC-TV ABC 8 Richmond
PHOTOS: Fire officials say a family has been displaced following a Friday morning fire at a Danville home.
Crews responded to a reported structure fire at the 100 block of Shannon Drive at 2:55 a.m.
According to the Danville Fire Department, a single-story residential had heavy fire showing from the rear and roof of the structure. All occupants were out when crews arrived. Two adults and five children were displaced -- the American Red Cross is assisting them with temporary shelter. They say the residence is a total loss. Four engines, one ladder truck a safety officer and a chief officer responded. The Danville Life Saving Crew as well as the Danville Police Department and the City Utilities department assisted.
WSET-TV ABC 13 Lynchburg
Investigators believe a 40-year-old woman set fire to a home in Accomack County where a man was found dead.
Virginia State Police said Kimiko Tenallie Dickerson was arrested and charged with second-degree murder and arson in the death of 59-year-old Delbert Dickerson. Police have not disclosed their relationship, but said both lived at the home.
State Police said crews responded to the fire around 8 p.m. Thursday, April 15 in the 31000 block of Bishop Road in New Church and found Delbert Dickerson dead. Virginia State Police are leading the investigation at the request of the Accomack County Sheriff’s Office. No other details are currently available, but Kimiko Dickerson was taken to Accomack County Jail and denied bond.
WAVY-TV NBC 10 Portsmouth
RX Catering company in Alexandria is not only feeding hungry stomachs but is ensuring front line workers have nutritious and balanced meals when exhaustion sets in.
Cheron Burns, RX Catering Owner said, “It’s the small things. You’d be surprised what people get from a small meal.”
For over a year front-line workers have been battling this pandemic. The goal set for Burns, is to see smiling faces while serving delicious food to the community.
“We give great food, it’s not pizza, it’s not a sandwich, we want these first responders to actually enjoy a hot meal because they’ve been working so hard,” said Burns.
Community members such as Burns church family, friends, and family wanted to help the cause, giving donations to Burns so she can accomplish her “First Responder Campaign” reaching 10,000 people.
WDVM-TV 25 Hagerstown
A motel fire in the Richmond Highway corridor yielded no injuries late Thursday, according to Fairfax County Fire and Rescue.
Units responded to the 6000 block of Richmond Highway around 11:35 p.m. A passerby had observed smoke showing from the motel and called 911. Units encountered fire upon arrival and quickly put it out. The Alexandria Fire Department assisted with the response.
Investigators determined the fire's cause to be an electrical event involving a power strip. Damages were estimated to be $7,248. The fire department did not identify the motel, as it typically only releases block locations of fires.
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