Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Fatal Fire in Richmond

At 06:16 on December 8th, units were dispatched to the 1400 block of Lynhaven Aveune for a reported house fire. While units were en route to this call they received additional information indicating that an elderly wheelchair-bound person was possibly still inside. Rescue 3 arrived on location to find a 1½ story wood frame structure with heavy fire showing from the B and D side of the house. Rescue 3 forced entry into the structure as Q-21 secured a water source and launched an aggressive fire attack. Q-17 performed truck company operations, Q-22 assisted with fire attack and Q-20 was assigned as the RIT team. Units discovered fire in the basement area of the house as well as on the first floor and in the attic of the house. The fire was brought under control at 06:53 hours.

Rescue 2 was called in on a special request to help shore up the kitchen area of the house, which received heavy damage as a result of the fire. The fire was determined to have started in the kitchen and was ruled accidental.