CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Five people are dead after a house fire on the 3400 block Wicklow Lane in Chesterfield County.
The fire started around 3:15 a.m. Fire crews found heavy smoke coming from the garage and the house. Responders were able to go inside and get rescue five people from the home. One person was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and four others escaped safely.
Four people were pronounced dead at the scene while the fifth was pronounced dead at VCU Medical Center. Two firefighters were transported to the hospital with minor burn injuries. A police officer was also taken to the hospital to have a laceration treated.
According to one of the survivors, the fire started in the garage. He said that a one-year-old boy, three-year-old girl and three adults were killed. Two other family members were taken to the hospital.
Madison Anderson, who was living with the family when the fire occurred, said the victims include a man and woman, both in their 70’s, their 43-year old daughter, and two great-grandchildren, one and three years old. The medical examiner will verify the identities of the victims once autopsies are complete.
The house suffered significant fire damage. The Red Cross will be assisting the family members that are displaced. A neighbor of the family set up a Facebook page listing items they will need in the coming days.
Lieutenant Jason Elmore commended fire crews for their bravery during the rescue. “They made some heroic efforts to be able to get inside the house, make rescues from windows, and locating victims. they did one heck of a job with being able to get inside to try to get to these people. Elmore also asked the public to keep the victims’ family in mind. “Give your thoughts and prayers to this family and the firefighters that were on scene,” he said. “We just want to make sure everyone is okay and just be thinking about and praying for these folks.”
Chesterfield County Fire Marshals and Police Department are investigating the cause of the fire.